HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Supporters of legislation to impose more restrictions on junior drivers in Pennsylvania are armed with the results of a new poll that supports their position.

Bucks County House Republican Kathy Watson (pictured) is leading the charge for tougher teen driver regulations in the current session of the legislature (see related story). She says a poll by Susquehanna Opinion and Research shows 58% of Pennsylvania voters support tougher laws for junior drivers. She says 49% of voters named accidents caused by distracted drivers as the single biggest threat on state roads.

Drunk driving, speeding and increased traffic were a distant second, at 11% each.

“This proves, then, Pennsylvanians are clearly concerned about the kinds of things our legislation seeks to address, including limiting the number of teen passengers to a vehicle,” Watson says.

The House Transportation Committee was scheduled to consider teen driving and distracted driving bills today.

Reported by Harrisburg Bureau Chief Tony Romeo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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