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Governor Signs Bills On Young Drivers, Prisons And More

Sacramento, CA — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation this week that puts restrictions on 16 and 17-year-old drivers, creates an office to prevent sexual abuse in prisons and bans “pocket bikes” from roads, sidewalks and public trails.

Young drivers will be barred from driving between the hours of 11 p-m and 5 a-m during the first year after getting a drivers license unless accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old.

The Department of Corrections will set up an Office of the Sexual Abuse in Detention Elimination Ombudsperson to lead efforts to prevent prison rape.

And miniature motorcycles known as “pocket bikes” will be barred from roads, sidewalks and public trails. Pocket bikes are about 18 inches high and four feet long and exceed 50 mph, but don´t meet federal or state safety standards or air quality requirements.