Bills to curb teen crash deaths steered to House - KOTA Territory News

Bills to curb teen crash deaths steered to House

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A quartet of bills designed to cut teen crash deaths is now in the hands of the South Dakota state House.  Wednesday afternoon, the full Senate voted to send the bills to the House.

The bills would ban teens from using cell phones, cut the number of passengers they can carry , set up a cohesive driver education program and increase the amount of time teens have a learner's permit.  They are:

Senate Bill 106 bans wireless communication devices for drivers between 14 and 18 years old.

Senate Bill 105 increases the time that a teen has a learner's permit.

Senate Bill 107 limits how many people can be in a car driven by a teen. And …

Senate Bill 216 sets up a statewide driver education program.

The bills are recommendations from last summer's report by the Task Force on Teen Driving Safety.  The Report of:  Task Force on Safe Teen Driving, was released to the Legislature last month.

SB 107 almost didn't survive the floor debate.  While the other three bills had solid majority approval, the bill to limit the number of passengers for teen drivers was passed by just one vote, 18-17.  You can see how your senators voted here.

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