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Getting tough with teen drivers

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Cassandra Lennox has been a driving instructor at Pro Driving School in Westlake for more than six, teaching teens the rules of the road.

Lennox says now more than ever there are plenty of distractions younger drivers are faced with-- like cell phones and other technology.

"Collisions with young drivers are still at a major high. It's still the top killer for their age group," says Lennox.

An Ohio lawmaker wants to make it tougher for 16-year old drivers, banning them from having teen buddies in the car.

The proposed law would limit non family passengers in a teens car to licensed drivers 21-years old or older.

"When they have one friend in the car with them the likelihood of them crashing is even increased. I believe it's doubled when it's one," says Lennox.

With the proposed law the driving curfew would be pushed back from midnight to 10 p.m. Teens involved in work and school activities would be exempt from the proposed new night rules.

16-year old Juliana Rodriguez is taking classes so she can get her license.

"I don't agree with the teen passenger. I believe one is law now, and that's where it should be especially for school purposes," says Rodriguez.

Her father Rubin is not onboard with the proposed law.

"We tell them we want them to be independent and then we go and slap them with another law that they have to abide by," says Rubin Rodriguez.

According to the Insurance Institute proposed restrictions could reduce fatal crashes among teens by nearly 40%.

The bill would also require backseat passengers to wear a seat belt. No word on where that bill stands.

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