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New Driving Law In Effect For Iowa

New Driving Law In Effect For Iowa

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Paul Gutierrez

COUNCIL BLUFFS (KPTM) - A new year ushered in a new law Wednesday for drivers in Iowa.

As the clock struck midnight January 1st, teen drivers must now wait an entire year before turning in their instruction permits for driver's licenses.  It used to be six months before Senate File 115 changed everything.

"I think a law like that certainly can't hurt," said driving instructor Dennis De Long who used to teach novice students in Council Bluffs.

The law was passed last March with the backing of State Senator Jeff Danielson.  In a statement to his district, he wrote: "Motor vehicle crashes kill more teens than anything else.  Changes to Iowa's graduated driver's license system will help keep teen drivers and all Iowans safe on the roads."

With the change, younger and more inexperienced drivers will also have a longer time to get used to adverse weather conditions and learn the value of not driving while distracted.

"Some have had a year's worth of experience with an adult and others have had very little time with an adult and it really shows up," said De Long.

Another law taking effect in Iowa today also impacts driver's licenses.  It allows people to start renewing their card every eight years instead of five.  It's a change lawmakers believe will save drivers time and money.

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