Senate Committee Endorses Bill Limiting Teen Driving

MARCH 5, 2007 - Posted at 3:42 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - A bill limiting when teenagers with intermediate driver's licenses can be on the road and how many passengers they can have with them has won the endorsement of a Senate committee.

The bill, by Senator Jimmy Jeffress, a Democrat from Crossett, would ban drivers under 18 from road between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The young drivers also couldn't have more than one other person with them while driving. But teen drivers could be on the roads late with more than one passenger if accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old.

The bill also bans drivers under 18 from using cell phones while behind the wheel, and requires that a teenager be at least 15 before seeking a learner's permit.

The Senate Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs committee endorsed the bill. Democratic Senator Paul Bookout of Jonesboro voted against it. The measure now heads to the Senate floor.

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