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NJ Committee Approves Changes to Driver's Licenses

NJ Committee Approves Changes to Driver's Licenses

NJ Committee Approves Changes to Driver's Licenses Melinda Taber, flickr

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Under the bill, teens would have to have learner's permits for at least one year and face other requirements.

New Jersey lawmakers have advanced a bill that would increase requirements for teens to get driver's licenses - even though Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the same bill earlier this year.

The bill was advanced unanimously by the Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee on Thursday. It can now head to the entire Assembly.

Under the bill, teens would have to have learner's permits for at least one year and must log 50 hours of practice driving time before getting their licenses. Their parents would also be required to go through driver orientation courses.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety says the measure would decrease the number of road fatalities statewide by 3 percent each year.

The state Senate has not yet voted on the reintroduced bill.