Friday, June 02, 2006

Driving Age Debate Postponed

The large number of amendments to the driving bill that we mentioned yesterday were an indication of growing opposition to raising the driving age to 17-1/2, and minutes before debate was to begin, it was postponed. According to the Boston Globe, "The age hike was part of a larger proposal to overhaul teenage driving laws. The rest of the package -- beefing up driver's education, increasing parent-supervised driving, and toughening penalties for violations of junior operator's licenses -- remains intact. It has been rescheduled for a House vote on June 14. The other provisions in the bill have more widespread support, lawmakers said."