Teenage drivers in Oklahoma may soon have restrictions

Tuesday, February 15th 2005, 6:12 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A House budget subcommittee has passed a bill that would restrict how long teenage drivers can be behind the wheel.

The measure would restrict teenagers' driving time to between 5 AM and 10 PM and would bar them from driving with multiple passengers younger than 21, other than family members.

Prague state Representative Danny Morgan says the measure is an anti-joyriding bill.

Originally, it didn't allow a teen to drive with any other teenagers in the car, but it was amended to allow one teenage passenger for dates and other social activities.

Morgan says similar proposal adopted in North Carolina cut the fatality rate of 16-to-18-year-old drivers by 27%.

Teenagers would be allowed to drive past 10 PM if they're accompanied by an adult or are driving to work, school, church or related activities.