Graduated driver’s license bill now law

The Star:

Fourteen-year-olds can still get a learner’s permit, but they’ll have to wait until their 16 and a half to get a full, unrestricted license. Currently, 16-year-olds can get a full license.

“Driving is a privilege and one that must be taken seriously,” Sebelius said. “Our roads will be safer, our children will be safer and other drivers will be safer.”

Under the new law, teens can get a license at 16, but they face six months of restrictions that include:

* A prohibition on driving with more than one non-sibling passenger under the age of 18.

* A ban on driving past 9 p.m. unless they’re heading home from school or work.

* No use of wireless devices like cell phones.

* New penalties for driving violations.

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