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House-passed Bill Restricts Young Drivers

Sixteen-year-old drivers in Ohio will soon have some new limits, that is, if state representatives get their way.

The Ohio House has passed a bill declaring that 16-year-old motorists may not have more than one non-family member in the car with them. The measure also says 16-year-olds may not drive between midnight and 6 in the morning. The bill's sponsor, Tom Raga, says there's good reason to crack DOWN on the youngest inexperienced motorists. "According to the Journal of Safety Research, the risk of a fatal crash is three times higher after 9PM for 16-year-old drivers," says Raga.

The measure approved by the House would also toughen Ohio's mandatory seat belt law. It would require everyone younger than 15 to be restrained by seat belts or special booster seats whether they're in the front seat or the back seat.

Now, state senators plan consider the proposal.