Indiana House backs new rules for teen drivers


Indianapolis - Teenagers would have to log at least 50 hours of supervised driving and wait longer before receiving a driver's license under a bill passed by the Indiana House.

The bill approved 93-6 on Wednesday also would require teens to wait longer than current law to obtain their driver's license. And it would ban drivers younger than 18 from using cell phones and other telecommunications devices while behind the wheel.

Proponents say the bill would save lives. Some who spoke against the bill said it was an example of government intrusion into the lives of youngsters and parents.

The bill must return to the state Senate for consideration of changes made by the House.

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