Posted: Jul 24, 2012 10:21 PM by Kristy Davis
Updated: Jul 24, 2012 10:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- A new law which goes into effect next week is intended to put the brakes on inexperienced drivers.
Beginning Aug. 1, all first-time drivers will have to have more time behind the wheel and in a classroom before getting their first license.
Drivers aged 15 and 16 will have to have 30 classroom hours and eight hours behind the wheel, the same requirements they have now, before they can get their permits. Drivers aged 17 will have to follow those same requirements to get a license: right now they only have to have six hours in class and no experience on the road.
Drivers 18 and older will have to have six hours in a classroom, the same amount as they need now, but will also have to have eight hours behind the wheel.
"The end result is going to be a lot better, a lot safer driving environment for us," said Terry Knight of Trinity Driving School.
"The more hours, the better.. It helps to prevent wrecks," said 15-year-old Dean Roberts who is learning how to drive.
Lawmakers said the new law could also potentially help lower insurance rates.