Fri., October 1, 2010 2:54pm (EDT)

Georgia Prepared For Federal Teen Driving Law
By Noel Brown
Updated: 4 years ago

AUGUSTA, Ga.  —  
Georgia is well prepared for a new federal law that gives states money for tightening restrictions on teen drivers. (photo courtesy Andy Field)
Georgia is well prepared for a new federal law that gives states money for tightening restrictions on teen drivers. (photo courtesy Andy Field)
The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protections, or STANDUP Act, would give money to states that put new limits on drivers under the age of 18.

Georgia already meets most of the requirements, including a ban on cell phone use for teen drivers.

But one law that would have to change is the minimum age for getting a learner’s permit. It's currently at 15 years old in Georgia

Under the STANDUP Act it would have to be raised to 16.

Judy Stone is with the lobbying group Advocates for Highway Auto Safety:

"There’s a difference between 15 and 16. That’s a big leap. Kids at that age just don’t have as much maturity and certainly they don’t have the experience in life in general."

The proposed law would give up to 1 million dollars to states that comply and states that don't could lose federal highway dollars.