Politics & Government
4:00 am
Mon January 2, 2012

New Hurdle for Teen Drivers

Teenagers in North Carolina now have to keep driving logs in order to get their drivers license.

Leoneda Inge:  The new provision for young drivers went into effect January first. The General Assembly passed the new law because it wanted teenagers to get more behind-the-wheel experience before getting a license.  DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell says teenage drivers will need to fill out a driving log proving they put-in 60 hours of driving practice before getting a Level One Limited Learner’s permit.  This includes 10 hours of driving at night. Howell says it’s more challenging to drive these days.

Marge Howell:  Things that you need to know to drive in this day and age are just more numerous and more important in keeping you safe behind the wheel.
A 2009 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ranks North Carolina number five nationally in the number of people killed in crashes involving teen drivers.