Three bills in California
are moving forward that would tighten up the rules for teen drivers in an
effort to make the state’s roads safer.
The measures, which
have passed their respective chambers, are:
- SB806, sponsored by Sen. Jackie
Speier, D-San Francsico, to prohibit drivers from transporting other
teens for the first year after they receive their driver’s licenses;
sponsored by Assembly Member Bill Maze, R-Visalia, to change current law – which
forces teen drivers off the road from midnight to 5 a.m. – and start the
curfew an hour earlier, at 11 p.m.; and
sponsored by Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, to
prevent teens age 16 to 18 from using cell phones while driving.
The restrictions are
all aimed at helping teen drivers stay safe until they have more experience
behind the wheel.
“We’ve assumed that
a 16-year-old is as knowledgeable and experienced as a 35-or 40-year-old behind
the wheel,” Garcia told The Sacramento Bee. “We’re learning that’s not
Speier added an amendment to her bill that would require
teens to put a “distinguishing placard” in their cars’ back windows, apparently
so everyone else on the road will know what they’re up against.