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Published March 20, 2011, 07:38 PM

Parents Weigh In On Bill Restricting Young ND Drivers

Some parents are happy about a bill in North Dakota that calls for more restrictions on young drivers. This is especially true for one mother, who had her daughters wait to get their driver's licenses.

Some parents are happy about a bill in North Dakota that calls for more restrictions on young drivers. This is especially true for one mother, who had her daughters wait to get their driver's licenses.

Teri Iverson is a mother of two who has worries about young drivers on the road.

"14 I think is a little too young just to take off. One of my daughters was 18 when she got her driver's license even," Iverson said.

Right now in North Dakota people can get a drivers permit when they are 14 years old and drive without supervision six months later. Parents like Iverson say it's too soon.

"It takes a lot of practice and training to know what to do if something goes wrong. You've gotta have that extra practice," Iverson said.

The North Dakota House has approved a bill that would require drivers younger than 16 to have a permit for a year instead of six months.

"It would create a restricted driver's license for people under the age of 16. You'd have to have your learner's permit for a year and you'd also be required to take 50 hours of behind the wheel training," State Senator Mac Schneider said.

House bill 1256 also states a licensed driver under the age of 16 couldn't drive past 9 p.m. with a few exceptions and driver's under 18 cannot use a cell phone while driving.

"This is one area where we're kind of behind the national trend, so I think there's going to be widespread support for this in the Senate," Schneider said.

Although the Senate Transportation Committee reviewed the bill, they haven't taken any action on it yet. Parents like Iverson hope it passes for more safety on the roadways.

"If they have their permit a little bit longer, a little more of that experience because you know kids they get their driver's license or permit. They want to drive right away. I think that would help," Iverson said.

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