California Looks to Increase Driving Education Requirements
The bill would also require 18 and 19-year-old individuals to have a provisional license for the first 12 months or until the driver reaches the age of 20 before they can receive a full driver's license.
Supporters of the bill include insurance companies and safety advocates. They say that the requirements will help new drivers understand the rules of the road better, and also give them more experience while driving in a safer environment instead of just letting young adults on the road without any proper training or education on what traffic signs, signals and safety precautions to take while driving.
Supporters said that busy streets can be very difficult and even scary for new drivers to navigate, which is why it is important to make sure that all new drivers, regardless of their age, receive the proper training on how to drive safely on the road.
While there is a lot of support for the bill, those opposed include young adults who wait until they graduate high school to get their driver's license. Opponents say that the new restrictions would make it more difficult and longer to obtain a driver's license, and that could impact a person's ability to find a job if they don't have the time or money to complete a driver's education course.
If the bill is passed, California drivers may be able to breathe a little easier knowing that more people are taking education courses before getting behind the wheel.
Source: 23 ABC, "Teen drivers may soon see new driving restrictions along with earlier curfew times," Tiffany Martin, April 25, 2013