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Teens Rushing for Licenses Before Restrictions Take Effect

Posted November 21, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Teens all across the state are scrambling to get their driving permits. They want to hit the road without restrictions, before the state puts limits on when they can get behind the wheel.

Right now, they have to be fifteen years old and complete a driver education course before they can get permits. Under current law, at the age of 16, they can get unrestricted licenses, but starting December first, 16-year-olds will have to go through a graduated licensing process with restrictions. That's what has teens scrambling to get permits before the 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 the wire, 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 right after school gets out.

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

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

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

Photographer:Gil Hollingsworth