Legislature debates on changing intermediate license rules

According to some recent research, texting while driving is as harmful as drinking four alcoholic beverages and getting behind the wheel.

Q: Do you think it would be a good idea to set a bill in place to prohibit drivers from reading or writing texts and e-mails if the car is not in park? A violation would bring 30 days in jail or a fine up to $625.

A: “I don’t think it’s necessary. People will still text and drive, 30 days or $625 is pretty steep for just using your phone while driving.”

—Junior Alex Gibson, male, age 17

Q: What do you think about having a bill change the law that requires an adult to be in your car while driving from 12:30 a.m. – 5 a.m. curfew to 10 p.m. – 5 a.m.?

A: “I think that by the time you have your intermediate license, you should be responsible enough to stay out untill 12:30 a.m. without having a parent with you, so I think having a parent with you from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. would be ridiculous.”

—Junior Abbey Kruse, female, age 16

Q: What do you think about changing to a one-year period, instead of the six months of driving experience with a parent before drivers receive their full intermediate license?

A: “Some people may be against this, but I think that this is actually a really good idea. That way the ‘driver’ can get in more experience from someone who has had the experience.”

—Sophomore Kaitlin Izer, female, age 16

Q: What do you think about a proposed new law requiring intermediate drivers to allow only one other passenger in the car that is not a family member?

A: “I think that is a good idea. Having extr, distractions in the car while you’re learning to drive can be dangerous. However, I think that if the people who aren’t your family member have permission from a guardian, it shouldn’t be an issue at all.”

—Freshman Jillian Ross, female, age 15

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