Tighter rules sought for teen drivers

Tighter restrictions could be coming to California's newly licensed 18- and 19-year-old drivers pending a bill making headway in the Legislature.

Assembly Bill 724, authored by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, seeks to provide similar regulations required of drivers under the age of 18.

Under the Graduated Driver Licensing Program, first-time drivers at age 18 or 19 would be required to complete 30 hours of driver education, achieve six hours of professional driver training and uphold a one-year 11 p.m. curfew. They also wouldn't be allowed to drive with passengers under the age of 20 for several months.