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Last week, the Arizona Legislature passed the Teenage Driver Safety Act, legislation which places driving limitations on new young drivers to help minimize risk of automobile accidents. The bill limits teens as follows:

The act provides for driving restrictions from midnight to 5 a.m. and passenger limitations for the first six months a new teen driver holds a Class G driver’s license.

According to AAA Arizona, limiting when and with whom teens can drive affects the safety of the driving public.

a teen driver’s risk of an accident goes up 39 percent simply by having another teen in the car.

The bill places a curfew on when teens can drive and limits the number of other teens who can accompany a teenage driver. Governor Napolitano has until today to decide whether to sign the legislation.

Do you believe this legislation will make a difference? Will criminalizing teenage behavior reduce accident rates or does this legislation present yet another example of big government making decisions for us and our families? Will teenage drivers care about following these driving restrictions? I’d like to hear your opinions about whether Governor Napolitano should sign this bill.

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