Iowa teen drivers may face tougher rules

New Iowa drivers may be seeing tougher rules in the near future.

In a bill that passed the senate on Wednesday, new drivers under the age of 18 would need to hold a learnerâ??s permit for a full year before getting a license.

Teen drivers also would not be able to transport more than one unrelated minor, unless they are with a parent, guardian, or driving instructor the first six months they hold a license.

St. Rep. Curt Hanson said he believes this is a win-win for everybody.

â??When you're teaching people you want to put them in the safest environment possible. If you're teaching young swimmers you don't put them in the deep end of the pool, you start them out in the shallow end and thatâ??s the whole idea of this. Iowaâ??s pretty laid back in its GDL licensing laws. I think there are 25 other states, something like that, that have already upgraded their standards to what Iowa hopes to achieve with the new bill,â?? said Hanson.

Hanson said he believes if this bill passes the house, it will reduce teenage fatalities.