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Senate: 16-year-olds can drive alone to church

TOPEKA – Young drivers would be able to drive alone to and from religious services under a measure given initial approval by the Senate today.

The change in Senate Bill 484 would apply to 16-year-old drivers holding a restricted driver's license or a farm permit. The graduated driver's license that the state implemented this year currently bars such activity.

Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, who had championed the graduated driver's license bill, said he supported the change.

"It makes the law a little bit more cognizant of what goes on in the real world," he said. "I don't see it adding to the danger element."

The bill must pass a final vote by the Senate before it goes to the House.