NEW YEAR: New Laws For Teen Drivers

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The start of a new year also brought some new driving laws for teens in Iowa.

The biggest changes come to teens with intermediate licenses.

In the past, teens with an instruction permit were required to drive with a parent or guardian for six months before getting their intermediate license.  Now, they must drive for one year with adult supervision.

Experts say many of the mistakes teenage drivers make are because of a lack of experience.

By making them spend more time with adult supervision, it’s giving them more practice and allowing them to experience all season with an adult in the car.

The new laws also restrict the number of teen passengers a teen driver can have in the car once they get their intermediate license.

“By reducing the amount of distractions in the car, namely the other teen drivers, that greatly reduces the chance and risk by being distracted,” StreetSmarts’ Ed Jennings said.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death among teens ages 15 to 19 in the United States.

Once you take a parent out of the car and add in other teens, the crash rate goes up 700-percent.