State lawmakers push for teen driving permits to last 1 year

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Sponsors of an Ohio bill that would increase the amount of time new drivers would be required to hold permits say they want to see it become law by year’s end.

Reps. Gary Scherer, a Circleville Republican, and Michael Sheehy (SHEE’-hee), an Oregon Democrat, recently promoted the proposal ahead of Teen Driver Safety Week, which began Sunday.

Drivers under the age of 18 would be required to hold an instruction permit for one year instead of six months under the plan. Probationary permit holders would also be prohibited from driving from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. unless they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Backers including the PTA and AAA hope for House approval after the November election. That would send the measure to the Ohio Senate.

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