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Beacon Hill Sets its Sites on Teen Drivers

Teenage drivers are the topic of emotional debate on Beacon Hill. A proposal still being drafted by the joint transportation committee would raise the age when teens could get their license from the current 16 and a half to 17 and a half. It would also overhaul the driver's education curriculum, stiffen penalties for teenage drivers who violate laws, and make other sweeping changes.

Supporters of the proposal say older teenagers are more responsible, safer drivers. But some parents worry that the reforms would saddle them with more chauffeurring, and make it difficult for kids to get to work and other activities.

Joining us to talk about the debate is Art Kinsman, director of government affairs for AAA Southern New England and New Jersey State Senator Robert Singer of Ocean County. Singer led the push to raise the Garden State's driving age to 17.

This program aired on March 29, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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