“Teenage driving fatalities eclipse any other cause of death for teenagers in America, but with SB285, it doesn’t have to be that way in California,” Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten said. The bill will be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee in the next several weeks. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, is looking to toughen teen driving laws to make it easier for law enforcement to check for violations of license provisions. Runner introduced Senate Bill285 to allow law enforcement officers to stop vehicles to determine whether the driver is violating one of the provisions of a teen driver’s license. Under existing law, officers are prohibited from stopping a vehicle for the sole purpose of checking on violations of the restrictions on teen drivers. The bill also would put violations of the provisional license on young drivers’ records. “We have made important improvements to our teen driving laws in recent years, which have proven to increase the safety of our roads,” Runner said. “This bill provides needed tools to better enforce the teen-driver laws, which will save more of our teens’ lives.” Under the Brady-Jared Teen Safety Driver Act of 1997, during the first year of holding a license, teen drivers are not allowed to drive passengers younger than 20 unless accompanied by a licensed adult 25 or older. For the first year, teen drivers are not allowed to drive from midnight to 5a.m. unless they are accompanied by a licensed adult 25 or older. The leading cause of death for youths and young adults ages 16 to 24 involve car accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A teen driver is also twice as likely to be involved in a fatal collision with the addition of just one teen in the car. The likelihood increases five times with the addition of two or more teen passengers. The bill is sponsored by the California District Attorneys Association.