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Tougher Teen Licensing Rules Backed by NJ Assembly

Legislation that would increase requirements for young people to get driver’s licenses has been approved in the New Jersey Assembly — even though Gov. Chris Christie vetoed an identical bill earlier this year.

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Under the bill approved 52-26 Thursday, those under the age of 18 who apply for a learner’s or examination permit — and at least one of their parents — would have to complete a teen driver program.

The measure also requires drivers under 21 to log at least 50 hours of practice driving before getting a probationary license.

Drivers ages 16 to 20 would have a permit for a year, rather than six months. And the bill requires the current six hours of certified driving instruction be private, one-on-one instruction.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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