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New Changes Coming for Young Drivers

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Teen drivers will soon have a few more restrictions.

The Department of Transportation is adding rules to Iowas graduated driver's license system starting in January.

The changes begin January 1st and officials say it's really all about keeping teens and others drivers safe while on the road.

"It should be when you're ready and like you're a good enough driver. I don't think it should be a year for every person, said Gabie Trabucco, who spent a year learning to drive before getting a license.

But the Iowa Department of Transportation say teenagers need more time behind the wheel before they can apply for a drivers license.

"Statistics show that the more time a kid can spend in the vehicle in supervised driving will just make them a better driver, Lisa Hennessey, Driver's License Supervisor.

That's why there are now two new changes to state law.

Beginining January 1st, teenagers must have their learners permit for up to 12 months before they can try for a license, that's up from the current six months.

"Now that's provided the parent gets in the car with them. We can say you need to hold them for a year and half but if they don't get in the car with them it's not going to do any good, Hennessey said.

The second change limits the number of unrelated minor passengers a teen driver can have in the car to just *one during the first six months of getting their license.

Changes some parents say are worth it.

"Their phone alone is one distraction and then to have multiple people in the car is another distraction so I think it's a good idea, said Kelly Trabucco.

Trabucco says she had her daughter practice driving for a year before allowing her to apply for a license.

"I'm kind of a bad driver so it's probably good that she helped me for a year, Gabie said.

The law affects all young drivers applying for an intermediate license after January 1st 2014.

That means teenagers who have their permit already will also be subject to it.
 
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