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Posted Sept. 21, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 25, 2013, at 2:47 p.m.

BANGOR | A new state law requires 15-year-old Miranda Thibodeau to drive with adult supervision for 70 hours before she can qualify for a driver’s license. Thibodeau figures it will take months before she has enough practice time. “My father owns a lot of businesses,” the Winterport resident said …


An earlier version of this story requires correction. The amended law does not require a licensed driver who supervises a learner to be at least 25 years of age, as was originally reported. The age requirement remains 20. The amended law does not extend the curfew hours for learners nor extend the driver-permit requirement period, as was originally reported. The legislation that changed the law is LD 1392 “An Act to Amend the Motor Vehicle Laws,” not LD 1268 “An Act to Update Driver Education Requirements,” as was originally reported. The number of members of the Maine Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association was not immediately available and an incorrect number was removed. The BDN apologizes for these errors.

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