BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) - A triple fatal crash involving Bellbrook teenagers has spurred one local lawmaker to propose more restrictions for teen drivers in Ohio.
Prosecutors are considering charges for the 17-year-old driver who drove off the road into a tree around midnight in November 2012.
State Representative Rick Perales wants to make so teens would not be able to transport another teen for the first 12 months they have their license. Right now teens are allowed one passenger until 17 and then there is no restriction.
The bill would also change the nighttime curfew to 10 p.m. for 16 and 17-year-olds, with exceptions for school and work activities. Right now it's midnight for 16-year-olds and 1 a.m. for 17-year-olds.
"We're irresponsible if we don't give our children that opportunity to learn right and be safe while they're doing it," Perales says.
2 NEWS wanted to know if the changes would really make teens safer.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fatal crash rates are 31 percent lower for 15-17 year-olds who don't have any teen passengers in their vehicles compared to those with two or more.
The IIHS says the greatest amount, 20 percent, of teen crash deaths happen between 9 p.m. and midnight.
We also looked at states that already have teen passenger bans.
We found at least 15 states and Washington D.C. have some form of a teen passenger ban, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Of those states 11 of them have a lower rate of teen driving deaths than Ohio. The numbers are from a study done by the Erie Insurance Group.
Four states have no teen passenger restrictions at all, according to the GHSA.
All four have higher rates of teen crash fatalities than Ohio, the Erie Institute study shows.
Perales thinks the numbers show the changes are worth it.
"There are some inconveniences," Perales says. "I got it. I had kids too. The fact is the inconveniences aren't as bad as what happens when there's accidents."
Perales expects hearings on the bill to be held in October.
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