Leaders supporting new driver's ed rules

February 7, 2013 10:16:19 AM PST
North Carolina educational leaders have agreed to support new rules in the process teenagers go through to get their driver's licenses.

Officials want teenagers to spend more hours in the classroom for driver's ed instead of the current 30 to 45 hours. They also want students to have more time behind the wheel.

"Ultimately, we want to reduce the number of fatalities with our young people who drive and of course, nothing beats experience," State Superintendent June Atkinson said.

It is now up to the North Carolina General Assembly to decide on changes, if any.

The General Assembly also has to decide on corporal punishment after leaders passed a resolution Thursday opposing paddling children -- saying that the punishment is outdated and doesn't work.

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