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Senate Backs Tougher Rules for Teen Drivers

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's teen drivers would face tougher rules under a bill that passed the Senate.

    Senators approved the legislation in a 41-8 vote Wednesday. Under the plan from Democratic Sen. Tod Bowman, drivers under the age of 18 would need to hold a learner's permit for a full year before getting a license.

    Teen drivers also would not be able to transport more than one unrelated minor, unless they are with a parent, guardian or driving instructor, for the first six months they hold a license.

    Parents could sign a waiver so the passenger rules would not apply to their kids.

    Bowman says teen drivers are far more accident-prone than older motorists.

    The bill now moves the House where lawmakers must provide approval.