NJ Parents Could Face Test Before Teen Gets License

Bill proposal calls for parents to have to pass a driver orientation course before their kids could get a license

New Jersey lawmakers have advanced a bill that would increase requirements for teens to get driver's licenses -- even though Gov. Chris Christie vetoed an identical bill earlier this year.

The bill was advanced unanimously by the Assembly Transportation and Public Works Committee on Thursday. It can now head to the entire Assembly.

Under the bill, teens would have to have learner's permits for at least one year and must log 50 hours of practice driving time before getting their licenses. Their parents would also be required to go through driver orientation courses.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety says the measure would decrease the number of road fatalities statewide by 3 percent each year.

The state Senate has not yet voted on the reintroduced bill.

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