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Teens Rushing for Licenses Before Restrictions Take Effect

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New laws take effect in December that will require teens to drive with restrictions.
RALEIGH — Teens all across the state are scrambling toget their driving permits. They want to hit the road withoutrestrictions, before the state puts limits on when they can get behind thewheel.

Right now, they have to be fifteen years old and complete a drivereducation course before they can get permits. Under current law, at the age of 16, they can get unrestricted licenses, but starting Decemberfirst, 16-year-olds will have to go through a graduated licensing processwith restrictions. That's what has teens scrambling to get permits beforethe December 1.

Patricia Woo is one driving lesson away from getting her permit.This 15-year-old Cary High School student is getting in just under thewire, so when she turns 16, she'll have an unrestricted license.

Driving Instructor Chan Wilson says he's been very busy recently.

DMV License Director Wayne Hurder says his office gets busy rightafter school gets out.

Justin Branch is 15-years-old. He got his permit Friday just daysbefore the deadline.

Right now, wanting to drive soon is enough, but come December 1, itwill turn into a waiting game.

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, teens need to get their permits bynext Wednesday if they want to qualify for an unrestricted license.So November 26th is the real deadline.

Photographer:GilHollingsworth

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