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Pennsylvania Senate passes bill tightening rules for teen drivers; House action still required
Published: Monday, September 26, 2011, 4:09 PM Updated: Monday, September 26, 2011, 5:13 PM
By CHARLES THOMPSON, The Patriot-News
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/09/pennsylvania_senate_passes_bil_1.html

The Pennsylvania Senate voted in support of a bill that would bar newly licensed drivers under age 18 from having more than one other teen passenger for the first six months of their driving careers.

The state Senate voted 41-8 today in support of a bill that would bar newly-licensed drivers under age 18 from having more than one other teen passenger for the first six months of their driving careers.

House Bill 9, which now awaits one more final vote in the House, would also require all drivers and passengers under age 18 to wear seat belts, and raises behind-the-wheel training requirements for those holding learner’s permits.

The new teen driving bill is seen as the first step in a compromise that may break a years-long logjam on highway safety bills that could also lead this fall to a separate law barring texting by all drivers.

The texting violation would be a secondary offense, meaning that a citation and fine would be issued if the motorist was already being cited for some other offense, such as careless driving or a red light violation.

Steve Miskin, spokesman for House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Allegheny, said the House will take up the teen driving bill in the near future, but he could not pinpoint a specific day for that action.

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