Like many other states, Georgia now has a graduated driver’s license program. The intent behind this program is to ensure that teen drivers get the experience they need before getting a full Georgia driver’s license. Once the teen has satisfied the requirements of the learner’s permit, they will get a provisional/intermediate driver’s license. It comes with a few restrictions, such as the driver is not permitted to drive between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. For the first six months, the driver is not allowed to have any passengers that are not members of the immediate family. For the next six months, the teen is allowed only one passenger under 21 who is not an immediate family member.
WSB TV reports that a bus driver was injured in a head-on crash with an SUV driven by a teen near Marietta High School. The crash occurred on Manning Road on Thursday morning.
An unidentified 16-year-old Marietta High School student told police that while he was rounding a curve on Manning Road, he lost control of his vehicle. He crashed head-on into a school bus with two middle school students on board.
The impact of the crash was so severe that the SUV was spun around backward, striking the bus twice.
The 16-year-old driver, his 16-year-old passenger, and the two middle school students were checked out by paramedics. None of them went to the hospital. They were released to their parents.
The bus driver suffered from minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.
Manning Road remained closed until 10 a.m.
The 16-year-old driver was charged with failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions, and violation of Class D driver’s license restrictions.
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