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Ohio considering major changes for teen drivers

A state bill introduced in the Ohio legislature Tuesday would increase the amount of time a new driver would have to hold a temporary permit and would restrict the amount of time those drivers could be on the roads.

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If passed, the bill would raise the amount of time a driver under the age of 18 would be required to hold a temporary instruction permit from six months to one year.

The bill also would also restrict probationary permit holders by prohibiting driving between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless they are with a parent or guardian, a change from midnight to 6 a.m., according to the proposed changes

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House Bill 293 was introduced by Rep. Gary Scherer, R-Circleville, and Rep. Michael P. Sheehy, D-Oregon, and is co-sponsored by Rep. Hearcel F. Craig, D-Columbus.

The bill has not yet been assigned to a House committee and the Ohio House and Senate would have until December 2018 for the bill to clear both houses.

“The bill is important because it offers protections needed to keep teens and communities safer as teens learn to drive in the modern driving world,” said Heidi Dean, of Impact Teen Drivers, a national non-profit that works to reduce deaths of teens in car crashes.

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