Stricter Teen Driving Rules

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Two proposals aimed at toughening rules for teen drivers are a step closer to becoming law.

State legislators on two committees advanced bills yesterday.

A proposal that would require teens to take 50 hours of training over nine months instead of three was approved by the House Drivers Education and Safety Committee.

The legislation also would move curfews up an hour, to ten p-m on weekdays and eleven p-m on weekends for drivers under age 18.

Another bill aimed at discouraging minors from drinking and driving passed the Senate Transportation Committee yesterday.

The bill calls for revoking the driver's license of anyone placed under court supervision for possession of alcohol or underage drinking -- even if the offense doesn't involve driving.

Both could be up for further consideration this month.

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