Corbett signs law on restrictions for teen drivers

    Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law today legislation that creates restrictions for teen drivers.

    Approved by the house last month, the bill limits the number of passengers young drivers can have and requires seatbelts for all passengers. It was sponsored and championed by Bucks County Republican Rep. Kathy Watson.

    For the first six months, teen drivers would only be allowed to have one passenger under age 18 who’s not from the driver’s household. Watson says 50 percent of teens who die in car crashes are killed because they’re ejected from the vehicle.

    Still pending is legislation that would ban texting and hand-hold cell phone use while driving in the state.

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