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NO DRIVING FOR YOUNG SUBSTANCE ABUSERS

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Teenagers who use drugs or drink and drive will risk losing their drivers' licenses.

Senators approved a bill Tuesday that would suspend a young violator's license for six months the first time he's caught, a year the second time.The offender doesn't have to be drinking and driving. If he's convicted of any alcohol or drug offense - inside or outside of a car - he'll lose his license.

If the youngster doesn't have a driver's license yet, the suspension takes effect from the date he would have gotten it. So if a 14-year-old is convicted of a drug offense, he can't get his driver's license until he's 161/2.

Sen. David Steele, R-West Point, said Oregon has a similar law and has seen the number of youthful drug offenders drop by 22 percent.