Gillibrand: Set standards for graduated licenses

(AP) - U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation that would set nationalstandards for states to implement graduated drivers licenseprograms for teens.

Gillibrand says the higher national standards would reduce caraccidents, which are the leading cause of death among teens inAmerica.

Gillibrand says current graduated license requirements varywidely among states. Her legislation is modeled on New York'ssystem and would set up a three-stage licensing process, fromlearner's permit to an intermediate license to a full,non-restricted license.

Learner's permits would be issued at age 16 and non-restricteddrivers licenses would be issued at age 18. There would berestrictions on night driving and passengers for early-stagedrivers.

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