Louisiana inks law pulling punished teens’ licenses

| Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Gov. Mike Foster has signed a bill to punish teen drivers who get in trouble at school.

HB1686 mandates that teens lose their driving privileges for up to a year for three major offenses: attacking teachers or school employees; sale or possession of drugs, alcohol and “other illegal substances”; and possession of a firearm.

The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2004, applies to public and private school students age 14 to 18.

Students can regain the license after six months by showing “exemplary … behavior” at school and avoiding other violations of school policies. The student would have to pay a $60 reinstatement fee.

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