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Lawmaker and teen driver lobby for inexperienced driver decal

9:14 PM, Sep 2, 2008   |    comments
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The measure, floated by Rep. Randy Fischer (D-Colorado) is based on a suggestion from a Fort Collins high school senior.

Rocky Mountain High School senior J.R. Lopez came up with the initial idea, and believes a decal could benefit both new and experienced drivers on the road.

"It's a lot of pressure. It's something new that you've never done in your life and people expect you to be as good as a 40- year- old driver, but it doesn't work that way," said Lopez. "Other drivers are less than understanding when a 16 year old makes a mistake."

Lopez says he's been honked at, tailgated, and worse.

"It's amazing what people will do on the roads, how impatient people are with young drivers," he said.

Lopez hopes that seeing the decal will make other drivers a little more patient, understanding and cautious.

The bill proposes that the decals would be voluntary and would only cost a dollar or two, and include the words "young driver."

Fischer plans to introduce a draft bill to the Transportation Committee later this month. If it's approved, it would be considered during the 2009 legislative session.

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