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Young drivers react to driving changes

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South Dakota Senators passed a package of bills with visions of lowering the number of driving accidents involving teenage drivers.

Senate Bills 105, 106, and 107 were passed, and will extend the time required for having a learner's permit, limit cellphone use by young drivers, and limit the amount of passengers allowed in a vehicle.

"I understand where they are coming from," William Barrett, a junior from Watertown said. "I don't think it is fair to limit a certain age group."

Barrett was not alone in thinking the bills might be a little too harsh.

"It really depends on the level of maturity you have," Lydia Hulscher, another junior from Watertown said.  "Someone at 14 could be as mature as someone at 18…"

Both young drivers do agree though, distractions are all over the road.

"Texting is distracting. Some of the biggest distractions I think though," Barrett said. "Is having friends in your vehicle."

"It's tough to keep them under control," said Hulscher. "It is tough when they (friends) don't listen."

One man who does agree with the new restrictions is Jon Iverson, a driver's education teacher in Watertown.

"I think the new limits are smart," Iverson said. "The number of accidents and deaths skyrocket when drivers get distracted."

Senate Bill 107 does make exceptions for teens driving to school functions of if family members are passengers.


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