Teen drivers may soon see new driving restrictions along with earlier curfew times

Nighttime restrictions go from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - California lawmakers moved to make newly licensed 18 and 19-year-olds follow rules that already apply to younger drivers.

Some teens wait to get their license until they are 18 and skip drivers education courses but, Assembly Bill 724 would change that and require new 18 and 19-year-old drivers to complete a 30-hour driver education course and six hours of professional driver training. 

Some people 23ABC spoke to think the classes is too much to ask of an adult. 

"When I graduated I was able to get my License and get my car and start my life as an adult and go to school and get jobs and most of us don't have time do to anything extra, " said 19-year-old driver Melanie Castro.

Under AB 724 by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, a provisional license would also have to be held for 12 months or until the age of 20 to receive a full license.

A busy street can be a dangerous place for an inexperienced driver, but that's why state farm, insurance feels these bills will only make the road safer from everyone who drives on them.

"A set of circumstances that allows for a new licensed driver to have more success at being safe behind the wheel not harming themselves or others I don't see too much problem with that," said Mike Alexander with State Farm Insurance.

The second bill Assembly Bill 1113 by Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, would also change the existing provisional program for 16 and 17 year olds nighttime restriction from 11 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will increase the age of passengers to 21.




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