Teen driving in Maryland

Del. Adrienne A. Mandel (D-Montgomery) and Del. William A. Bronrott (D-Montgomery) recently submitted three teen driving bills – one would prohibit teens with a provisional license from using cell phones while they drive, one would increase the amount of supervised driving a teen would have to undergo before getting a license, and one would restrict the number of passengers a teen driver could carry during the first six months of holding an 18-month provisional license. Apparently, proposals to ban cell phone use by teen drivers have failed in the past because authorities didn’t want to raise the possibility of a wider cell phone ban. Since last fall, at least 17 teens in the region have died in accidents where teens were driving. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is also attempting to get legislation passed that would increase penalties for teen drunk drivers and extend the learner’s permit period from four months to six.

I’m all for these developments. I was a teen not that long ago, and I know what teenagers are capable of and how they think. They don’t often think that they’re dangerous when they’re driving. Anything that might protect others, as well as teen drivers themselves, is a plus in my book. What does everyone else think?

1 Comment so far

  1. JennB (unregistered) on February 8th, 2005 @ 12:26 pm

    (Oops, I accidentally deleted the comment someone posted. Bad Jenn!)

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