Brakes Put on Teen Driving Bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate sponsor of a bill requiring teenagers to wait longer to drive says it appears doomed in the House.

Republican Sen. Les Donovan said the bill passed by senators is in the House Transportation Committee and not going anywhere. The House committee chairman, Gary Hayzlett, said his panel decided not to deal with the bill because there wasn't enough support.

For a restricted license, the age would have gone from 15 to 16. For an unrestricted license, it would have gone from 16 to 17. The bill would have increased the minimum age for a learner's permit from 14 to 15. Farm permits would have remained unchanged at age 14.

It also would have banned anyone under age 18 from using a cell phone while driving.

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