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Teen Driving Bill Clears Fiknal Vote

Posted April 3, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— All Governor Hunt has to do is say yes, and teen drivers will have a harder time getting behind the wheel of a car.

The Graduated Licenses bill passed the North Carolina House today on a final vote of 86 to 14. The bill now goes to the governor for his approval.

Under the bill, drivers under age 18 would have to pass through three levels of training before earning full driving priviliges. Young drivers first would be limited to driving under supervision and only until nine at night. After one year, they could drive without supervision, but only until nine p.m. unless they are traveling to or from work. Finally, a teenager could drive unsupervised. A new driver between the ages of 16 and 18 can drive now without any restrictions after passing a driver's education program.

Governor Hunt says that he will sign the bill into law. The law takes effect December 1, 1997.