NC Lawmakers Push More Drivers Ed Before Licensing

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North Carolina lawmakers are pushing a bill to ensure young drivers gain more experience before getting their license.

Before student drivers could move up from a learner's permit, the bill would require them to log 60 hours of supervised driving time with a licensed adult. The goal of the legislation is to cut down on crashes involving teen drivers.

A North Carolina House subcommittee endorsed the measure Wednesday. The bill goes before the full House Thursday.

"Honestly, I think it's going to be a little hard," young driver Hosanna Gourley said in response to the proposal. "That's a lot of time -- especially if you're like me and we have a huge family. So, my parents can't take the time to just take me driving."

"But I would rather work it out and sacrifice my time right now than have to sacrifice mine or someone else's life later on," Gourley added.

The bill would also toughen the state's graduated licensing program for young drivers ages 15 to 18. Under the new legislation, if students wanted to skip the supervised driving requirement, they'd have to wait until age 19 to obtain a license.

The qualified adult riding with the student would be required to log the young person's driving hours. Opponents of the bill question if hours would be recorded honestly.

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