Teen driver legislation advances in Pennsylvania General Assembly

    New teen driving legislation that aims to increase training hours and set passenger limitations is making progress in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

    The Times Herald reports House Bill 9, which would limit the number of teen passengers to one in a vehicle for the first six months a junior driver has a license, passed the Senate Monday by a vote of 41-8.

    The proposal is sponsored by state Rep. Kathy Watson, R-144th Dist.

    It also expands training requirements by increasing behind-the-wheel training from the current 50 hours to 65 hours. Under the proposal, 10 of those hours would have to be completed at night and five of them during inclement weather.

    The Times Herald says the bill could be sent to Gov. Tom Corbett’s office for his signature as early as Wednesday, if the House votes to approve it.

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