Young North Carolinians who want to drive before age 18 would have to spend a lot of quality time driving with their parents under a Senate-approved bill to change the state's graduated licensing system for teen drivers.
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To receive a Level 2 limited provisional license, a driver between 16 and 18 would have to maintain a log detailing at least 120 hours of supervised driving with a parent or other qualified adult.
"It's a lot of hours," said the sponsor of SB 636, Sen. David Rouzer, a Johnston County Republican. "We've got a lot of deaths on the highway, too. What do you do? We've got to do something."
No other state requires long hours of adult-supervised driving for teens, and some safety experts said they don't know whether such a requirement would have any benefits. There were concerns that many teens and parents would consider the log, the 120 hours and other details in Rouzer's bill too onerous.
No more than 10 hours per week would count toward the 120-hour total, and at least 10 hours of night driving would be required. The supervising adult driver would have to sign the student's driving log for submission to the Division of Motor Vehicles. Rouzer's bill cleared the Senate on a 49-0 vote last week and will be considered Wednesday by the House Judiciary Subcommittee B.