Back in March of 2011, a group of parent activists met with Congress to promote the "STANDUP" Act or the Safe Teen And Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act. In the act, the age for a full driver's license would be raised to 18. I wasn't sure if I was too thrilled with that idea and it seems the majority of parents of teens that took our poll agreed with me. The Stand Up act is now focusing on graduated driver's licenses and asking that they have a three year minimum.
More points about the STANDUP Act
- Three stages of driver licensing would try to match increased experience behind the wheel with increased responsibility to drive safely.
- An intermediate license would be contingent on a safe record and possibly a mandatory period of time learning how to drive.
- The bill would withhold a certain amount of federal highway money to states that fail to put the standards into their driving laws.