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>Indiana’s Star Press tackles federal drivers license regulations

06/05/2010

>OUR VIEW: Down the slippery slope to a national ID card

Getting a license to drive is a rite of passage for Indiana teenagers.

It used to be so easy. Get a learner’s permit, take a driver’s education course, wait 30 days after turning 16 and you can drive anywhere, at any time, with anybody.

Not so anymore.

Indiana teens are now issued a probationary license that restricts driving hours and who can ride in the car. A full license is issued at age 18.

That’s all done in the name of safety, of course. That’s tough to argue against.

But a misguided proposal being floated in Congress would take away states’ ability to regulate issuing licenses.

It’s another example of our benevolent federal government deciding yet again that one size does, indeed, fit all. The feds believe that only this new legislation can protect us from ourselves, despite the fact that all states except North Dakota already place restrictions on teen drivers.  ::: MORE HERE:::

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