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New Hurdle for Teen Drivers

Teenagers in North Carolina now have to keep driving logs in order to get their drivers license.

Leoneda Inge:  The new provision for young drivers went into effect January first. The General Assembly passed the new law because it wanted teenagers to get more behind-the-wheel experience before getting a license.  DMV spokeswoman Marge Howell says teenage drivers will need to fill out a driving log proving they put-in 60 hours of driving practice before getting a Level One Limited Learner’s permit.  This includes 10 hours of driving at night. Howell says it’s more challenging to drive these days.

Marge Howell:  Things that you need to know to drive in this day and age are just more numerous and more important in keeping you safe behind the wheel.
A 2009 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ranks North Carolina number five nationally in the number of people killed in crashes involving teen drivers.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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