PA House Commitee Approves Teen Driver Safety Bill

Posted on: May 20th, 2011       Attorney Thomas Newell

On May 3, 2011, the Pennsylvania House Transportation Committee approved HB9. According to, those drivers under the age of 18 who are testing for a junior driver’s license must have 65 hours of supervised practical driving experience. In addition, 10 hours must be at night and 5 during inclement weather.

Furthermore, drivers would not be able to have more than 1 passenger under the age of 18 with them in the car without parental approval. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the fatal crash risk with 3 or more passengers is nearly 3x higher than when an inexperienced driver drives alone. The bill still must be approved by both the full House of Representatives and Senate, as well as signed into law by Governor Corbett.

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