SC bill would yank driving privileges of dropouts

South Carolina students who drop out of school or skip too many classes would lose their driving privileges until they’re 18 under a bill back up for debate.

A House subcommittee is set to consider the bill Wednesday. It would suspend the driver’s license of teens who drop out, are expelled or accumulate more than seven unexcused absences.

Schools would be required to report the absences of 15- to 17-year-olds to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The idea died in the Legislature last year.

Republican Rep. Tom Young of Aiken calls the bill he authored a short-term solution to the state’s long-term problem of not enough students graduating.

In South Carolina, teens can begin driving at 15 with a permit. They can get a regular license at 17.

Courtesy of The Herald

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