Law will soon require drivers to have more experience before getting license

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 12:30pm

New drivers in the state will soon have to have more experience before they get behind the wheel by themselves, no matter what age that new driver is.

Starting August 1, a new law passed last legislative session requires more classroom hours and driving time for new drivers.

The law says that 17-year-olds will need to have 30 classroom hours and eight hours behind the wheels with a licensed driver.

The new law requires six hours of classroom time and eight hours behind the wheel for people eighteen and over.

“The roads will never be too safe. The bottom line is we want you to have as much experience as possible before you get behind the wheel of that car,” stated Louisiana State Trooper Russell Graham. “People take for granted the ability to drive. They take for granted the amount of work and coordination it takes.”

Right now, people aged eighteen and over aren't required to have any training before getting a new license.

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