Sunday, December 26, 2010


Teen Bill Sparks Controversy

Representative Tom Burch, a Louisville Democrat who is chairman of the House Health and Welfare Committee, says he will file a bill in the 2011 session requiring teen drivers to place decals on their vehicles  letting law enforcement know whether the drivers are in Kentucky's graduated driver-licensing program. The program requires teens to abide by state rules such as staying off the roads between midnight and 6:00 A.M. and traveling with no more than one unrelated person under age 20 in the vehicle. The proposed law in Kentucky has been endorsed by former classmates of 16 year old Natalie Thompson, who was killed after being ejected from an SUV that rolled over in July 2009. She was one of eight teenagers in the vehicle, including the driver, a violation of Kentucky's graduated-license program.

A similar law that took effect in May in New Jersey already has opponents working for its repeal, arguing that the decals make teen drivers targets for predators and haven't reduced the number of teen-related crashes.

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