ND officials want teen driver license changes

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm says teenagers should have experience before they're given full driving privileges.

Hamm says young drivers have more crashes because it takes time to learn how to drive well.

Hamm spoke Friday to the North Dakota House Transportation Committee on legislation that would put new restrictions on young drivers.

Drivers younger than 16 would undergo a learner period for one year. They'd be required to get at least 50 hours' driving experience in all types of conditions.

A University of North Carolina traffic safety professor told lawmakers the teen driver crash problem is because of inexperience, not age.

Robert Foss says he doesn't think the minimum driving age needs to be raised. In North Dakota a driver can be 14 years old.