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AAA: Ohio Parents Support Stricter Restrictions on Teenage Drivers

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Newly released poll findings indicate that Ohio parents largely support the provisions of a bill that would enhance restrictions on teenage drivers.

A recent survey conducted by AAA found that 90 percent of responding Ohio parents believe newly-licensed motorists who are 16 or 17 years of age should be prohibited from driving after 10 p.m. without first receiving exemptions for work or school.

The survey also found that 81 percent of respondents support a limit of one non-family passenger under the age of 21 during the first year of licensed driving for 16 and 17-year-old Ohioans.

A similar passenger restriction is currently in place for 16-year-old drivers, but newly-licensed 17-year-olds are permitted to transport as many passengers as there are seat belts in their respective vehicles.

Both restrictions are included in House Bill 204, which is currently being debated in the Ohio Legislature.

"We really see the need for these enhancements in our system to really keep the teen drivers safe," AAA's Kimberly Schwind said of the proposed legislation.

AAA representatives will soon present their findings to state representatives to encourage support for the bill.
 
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