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Court ceremony for first-time Va. drivers might be thing of past

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It has been a rite of passage for Virginia teens for generations. But a state lawmakers wants to give local judges the power to end the requirement that youth come to the court in order to get their first driver’s licenses.

A measure patroned by state Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke) would permit the chief judge in each Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court across the state to waive the requirement that students attend a ceremony before receiving their original licenses.

Almost all those who first obtained a driver’s license in the commonwealth remember the experience of being packed into a courtroom with fellow first-time licensees of the juvenile persuasion (and parents or guardians), to hear a judge and police/sheriff officials outline the responsibilities of driving.

Edwards’ bill was sent to the Senate Committee on Transportation for consideration.

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