In the News: Representatives Seek to Strengthen Driving Education For Ohio Teenagers

Two Ohio state representatives are looking to expand existing requirements in the state’s young driver licensing system.

Ohio Reps. Gary Scherer and Michael Sheehy announce House Bill 293 June 29

Ohio Reps. Gary Scherer and Michael Sheehy announce House Bill 293 June 29

Ohio State Reps. Gary Scherer (R-Circleville) and Michael Sheehy (D-Toledo) unveiled House Bill 293 to the public June 29. The bill would implement two changes to teen driving laws in Ohio if passed:

  • Require teens to hold temporary instruction permits for one full year instead of only six months as it stands now
  • Modify the nighttime driving restriction to begin at 9 p.m. instead of midnight as it stands now

“Modernizing young driver licensing will give teens more protection and their parents peace of mind,” Scherer said during the announcement. “This will make our roads safer for drivers all across the state of Ohio.”

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 17% of teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in the U.S. in 2015 occurred most frequently from 9 p.m. to midnight. And although teens age 15-19 only account for 7% of the population, they also account for 11% – or $10 billion – of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries in the U.S.

House Bill 293 must pass the House, as well as the Senate, by the end of 2018. It’s currently awaiting assignment to an appropriate committee.


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