Safer teen driving rules approved in Colorado

| 6/7/2006

Two efforts have been signed into law in Colorado that are designed to make teens safer on roads throughout the state.

Gov. Bill Owens has signed a bill that requires drivers younger than 18 years old convicted of misdemeanor offenses such as speeding and reckless driving to take a minimum of six hours of driver’s education.

Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among Colorado’s youth, reported. Supporters of the effort – HB1108 – say the new rule could prevent some of those deaths.

A second teen driving bill – HB1107 – requires parents of teens with driving permits to sign a log verifying their child has completed 50 hours of actual driving time, including 10 hours at night.

Parents who accept liability will be required to accompany their teen drivers.

The new law also prohibits anyone between age 15 and 16 from getting behind the wheel without being accompanied by a Colorado license holder at least 21 years of age.