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Taylor's Law goes into effect

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Instructor Luther Whatley has been teaching student drivers the rights and wrongs of the roadway for 35 years.

"Right right, there, don't go over now," he told Zach Brock, 15, his student for the day.

Brock is not only good on the roads, he's good in school, which will mean a lot in the coming years. That's because Alabama just passed a law linking bad behavior in school to when a student qualifies for a driver's license or permit.

Whatley whole-heartedly agrees with Taylor's Law.

"The behavior that you see in the classroom is depicted when you get behind the wheel of a vehicle," Whatley said. 

Taylor's Law honors David Keith Taylor of Muscle Shoals. He was a father of two killed when a teen driver sped through an intersection at 85 mph.

"They shouldn't get their license," said parent Tanya Wright.

Wright said driving is a privilege, and if teens misbehave that privilege should be taken away.

 "If he's out there driving, then he needs to respect the roads, just like he would respect the teachers," she said.

The law uses a point system based on the severity of the problem. It also gives students with discipline issues the chance to re-qualify for a driver's license or permit. Most importantly, it gives kids the incentive to behave in school.

"At least it will make the kids do better in school," said parent Tina Maxson.

While Alabama is the first state to adopt this law, more than likely it will take a few years before it takes affect.  

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