Indiana is considering raising standards dealing with new drivers. A study committee recently received testimony to reduce teen traffic accidents, where inexperience is the predominant factor. Recommendations included: moving the age for obtaining a driver's license to 16.6, holding a learner's permit for six months rather than the current two months, practicing at least 50 hours with a parent rather than no specific time at present, restricting passengers for 180 rather than 90 days, and restricting night driving from 10:00pm until 5:00am rather than the current 1:00am to 5:00am on weekends (except with work permit).
Indiana is one of only three states without a graduated driver license program.
The study committee will meet again in October to consider suggestions for future legislation.
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