Kansas AAA Wants Change in Teen Driving Laws

By: AP
By: AP

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas Triple-A is calling for changes in teen driving laws.

AAA Kansas vice president Jim Hanni said Thursday that Kansas allows young people to begin driving too soon and doesn't give them enough practice time. He says the minimum driving age should be raised to 15, and learner's permits should span one year.

Kansas allows 14-year-olds to pursue a farm permit. Most Kansas teens begin with a learner's permit at age 15, and 16-year-olds are eligible for an unrestricted driver's license.

In a speech before the Kiwanis Club in Pittsburg, Hanni said AAA also wants to ban the use of electronic devices while driving for those under age 18.

The group also suggests a six-month intermediate license that would limit teen driving after 9 p.m. and allow one passenger.

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