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Safety Advocates Want To Phase in Licensing

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RALEIGH — May 28, 1996 - 5:00 p.m. EDT

The deaths of two Moore County teens occurred, ironically, just as a group advocating driving safety is discussing limiting teen driving.

The group called a news conference Tuesday to talk about a licensing plan they are proposing.

They would like to see the state phase in licenses by starting first with a learner's permit that would be good for a full year.

The next phase would involve licensed driving, but with restricted hours. Under the plan, teens would only become fully licensed after six months of violation-free driving.

Group spokesman Forrest Council says the current way of issuing licenses isn't working.

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According to the Highway Safety Research Center, one in every four licensed 16-year-old drivers will be involved in a crash this year.

In the past two years, 73 drivers aged 16 and 17 died and over 1,000 were injured \ on North Carolina roads

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