Legislature Studies Driving Law

Mississippi lawmakers are taking aim at teen drivers during this session, and it may mean teenagers have to wait a little longer to get their full driving privileges.

The bill under consideration would require young drivers to have more supervised time behind the wheel before becoming eligible for a full license.

"Certainly the older you are, the more mature you are, the more controlled you are," said Brock Clay, a driver's education teacher at Meridian High School. "But the amount of time spent behind the wheel is where it is going to come into effect."

The bill would also require an intermediate license, which would allow teens to drive unsupervised but would impose a 10:00 p.m. curfew. That would last for a period of six months.

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