Bill requires parents to be in court with teens

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 28, 2014 at 11:41 PM

   FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- 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.

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