A bill in Mississippi has died that would have required young drivers
in the state to spend more time driving under adult supervision before
receiving their licenses.
The bill remained in the House Transportation Committee at the deadline
for Senate bills to advance to the full House. It passed the Senate in
Sponsored by Sen. Kelvin Butler, D-Magnolia, the measure – SB2839 –
called for increasing the driving age by six months, requiring young drivers to
have a temporary license – which requires adult supervision – for one year.
The bill also required an intermediate license for six months, which
allows teens to drive alone but imposes a 10 p.m. curfew, The Associated Press reported.
Butler said statistics show a 15-year-old is three
times more likely to be in an accident than a 16-year-old, and five times more
likely than a 17-year-old.
Supporters said the bill would help save lives by giving young drivers
more experience on the roads. Opponents said it should be up to parents to
decide how long a teen should wait to drive.