Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Launches New Program to Boost Teen Driving Safety

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kansas Launches New Program to Boost Teen Driving Safety

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Kansas launched a new program Monday intended to boost teen driving safety, with the aim of encouraging greater parent involvement in their child's driver education.

The Parent's Supervised Driving Program is a guide that contains information on driving basics, parental pointers and licensing qualifications, according to the Kansas Department of Revenue. The agency said last year 43,000 teens sought learner's permits.

Currently, teens are required to log 50 hours of drive time, including 10 night hours, with a parent, grandparent or other adult supervising. But the time essentially works on the honor system, with no sure-fire way to tell if a parent has diligently enforced the requirement or not.

"There really isn't a mechanism and that's why we wanted to do this," said Lisa Kaspar, KDOR director of licensing. …

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