Arizona teens younger than 18 could face new restrictions on
their driving if a leading state lawmaker gets his way.
The new chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee said
this week he will pursue more limits on teens with Class G driver's licenses.
Those licenses are issued to 16- and 17-year-olds who have passed the state
Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, revealed his plans in
reaction to a new report that concluded stricter laws on teen drivers will save
The study from the Arizona Childhood Fatality Review Team
shows 132 people under 18 died in motor vehicle crashes in the state last year,
the Arizona Daily Star reported. In addition, the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration reports that automobile accidents are the leading
cause of death among teens nationwide.
Gould said he has particular interest in a recommendation to
limit who can be passengers in a vehicle with a teen driver who has a Class G
license. Another proposal would restrict those drivers to only one additional
teen in the vehicle.
"You've got a brand-new driver's license holder and a
carload of kids. That's just a recipe for disaster," Gould told the Daily
One other proposal from the review team targets bad drivers.
It would allow enhanced penalties for Class G license holders caught speeding
or violating any other traffic laws.