NJ considers tougher driving rules for teens

New Jersey lawmakers are considering changes to the state's requirements for a learner's driving permit following the deaths of four teen football players in a single-vehicle accident this summer.

The Assembly Transportation Committee yesterday approved a bill that would require new drivers to keep a learner's permit for a year and to submit a log of 50 hours of practice driving before obtaining a full driver's license. The new requirement would be in addition to the six hours of professional driver training the current law calls for.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-N.J.), who sponsored revisions to the state's Graduated Driver's License laws in 2009, would also require 16- and 17-year-olds to attend a driver orientation meeting with a parent or other adult before getting a permit. The plan also allows parents to take the course online.

The legislation must still pass the Assembly and state Senate.

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