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Published April 01, 2011, 04:17 PM

ND Senate Approves New Teen Driver Restrictions

New restrictions on North Dakota's teenage drivers have been approved in the state Senate.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — New restrictions on North Dakota's teenage drivers have been approved in the state Senate.

Devils Lake Sen. Dave Oehlke (EL'-kee) says the law does limit some driving freedom, but he believes it will save lives.

The bill says drivers younger than 16 need to have a learner's permit for a full year.

Teenagers won't be able to drive unsupervised until they are 15 years old. Under current law they can drive unsupervised as young as 14.

The bill says drivers younger than 18 can't use a cell phone behind the wheel. It has limits on when teenagers may drive at night.

North Dakota's Senate approved the bill 33-14 on Friday without debate. It now goes to Gov. Jack Dalrymple. Dalrymple has supported new state restrictions on teen drivers.

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