A state bill introduced in Ohio would increase the temporary instruction permit stage from six months to twelve months for drivers under 18. It would also increase the prohibited nighttime driving period for newly licensed drivers by an additional three hours; from midnight to 6 a.m., to 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

House Bill 293 was introduced by Rep. Gary Scherer, R-Circleville, and Rep. Michael P. Sheehy, D-Oregon, and is co-sponsored by Rep. Hearcel F. Craig, D-Columbus.

“Modernizing young driver licensing will give teens more protection and their parents peace of mind,” said Scherer. “This will make our roads safer for drivers all across the state of Ohio.”

The bill awaits assignment to an appropriate committee.