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AZ House gives preliminary OK to bill adding course before driver's tests

Graduated driver’s licenses are for new drivers between the ages of 16 and 18.

The Arizona House gave preliminary approval this week to a bill that would add to the requirements to get one. 

The new bill follows a single-vehicle crash in Mohave County last year involving a 16-year-old driver. Two teens died and two others were seriously injured.

The 16-year-old’s mother testified before a House Committee last month, calling for more education for young drivers.

If passed, the bill would require ADOT to create a new four-hour course. Prospective drivers would have to pass that before taking the written and road portions of the test.

The legislation awaits a final vote in the House before going to the Senate.

Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.