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Intermediate License Law Frustrating to Some 16 Year-Olds

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PASCO, Wash-- What if someone hit your car and they were at fault, but your license became restricted? It happened to a local teen.

Many 16 year-olds come here excited to get their license they work hard to go through driver's education.

Some of them are frustrated with the state's stipulations for an intermediate license.

Courtney Campbell of Pasco got her license in October and has no prior traffic record, but was recently hit by another driver in her neighborhood. She now has a restriction on her license.

"On January 9th I got a letter in the mail from the Department of Licensing saying that because I was in an accident even though it was not my fault the restrictions that should be lifted from my license when I was 17 will now be extended till the day I turn 18," said Campbell.

Since Campbell is only 16 and she has an intermediate license. That means if you get into an accident before the six month probation period is up, you can't have passengers under 20 in your car or drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. until you're 18 and there's no appeal process.

"I think it's really unfair to have my rights taken away from me when I have no chance to prove my innocence," said Campbell.

Some state legislators have had complaints about the intermediate license law and have proposed a bill to change it.

"They just think it was not fair, they were in an accident, it wasn't their fault and yet they were punished until they turned 18. So I just decided to sponsor a piece of legislation and correct that. I am not sure if it was an oversight, or if they wanted to just see how it worked," said Sen. Linda Evans Parlette, R 12th District.

Senator Parlette hopes the Senate Transportation Committee will be ready to present a revised version of the bill sometime this year.

Since 2001 the intermediate license rules have cut the number of accidents involving teenagers in half.
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