Senate backs tougher rules for teen drivers
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa teenagers who want a driver’s license before turning 18 would have to have a learner’s permit for a year instead of the current six months, under a measure the state Senate passed Wednesday.
Senators voted 41-8 in favor of the bill, which would also only allow minors to drive around only one unrelated minor during the first six months after getting a license, unless they are accompanied by a parent, guardian or driving instructor or unless their parents sign a waiver giving them blanket permission. Current passenger restrictions are limited to the number of seatbelts in a car.
In Iowa, residents can get permits at age 14, restricted licenses at 16 and full licenses at 18.
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