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New Laws for Iowa Teen Drivers

   Two changes will take affected to Iowa's graduated drivers' license system on January 1, 2014.
   1.) Longer instruction time behind the wheel
   The first change increases the time a young driver is required to carry an instruction permit.  It goes from the current 6 months to 12 months.   Officials say it gives drivers tiwce the amount of time behind the wheel to learn from an experienced driver and allows for driving practice to take place across all driving conditions and seasons.
   2.) Reduced distractions
   To reduce the risk of distractions from passengers, an unsupervised young driver with an intermediate license will be limited to one unrelated minor passenger during the first six months of having a license.   Parents can waive the restriction but only at the time the license is issued.
   The new law will also limit a young driver with a minor school license to one unrelated minor passenger when driving without adult supervision.
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