A new bill
in the Arizona Legislature is taking aim at teen-age driving in
an effort to improve highway safety.
The bill, SB1055,
introduced Jan. 20 in the state’s Senate, would make it illegal
for teens to be behind the wheel from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. and would
require them to take a state-approved driver’s education course
to get a license, according to information on the Legislature’s
previously allowed parents to give their children driving instruction
in place of a course. The proposal, introduced by Sen. Linda Binder
(R-3rd District) and Sen. Slade Mead (R-20th District), would discontinue that practice, requiring at least 24
hours of time in the classroom and 6 hours of professional instruction
behind the wheel.
Binder told The Arizona Star the proposal was designed to increase safety
and give the police more tools for dealing with inappropriate behavior