WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri March 28, 2014
Bill Requiring Parental Notification of Teen Traffic Tickets Wins Final Approval
Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a bill requiring parents to be in court when their teenage children are accused of traffic violations.
The Senate passed the bill on a 38-0 vote Friday, sending it to Gov. Steve Beshear. The bill previously passed the House.
Supporters say the bill stems from the death of a Kentucky teenager who died in a traffic crash while speeding.
They say the same teen was stopped for speeding previously, but his case went through the courts without his parents' knowledge.
The bill seeks to ensure parents know when their children are accused of traffic violations. It would apply to cases involving youngsters under age 18. In most cases, their parents or guardians would have to attend their court proceedings.