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KIMT NEWS 3 — If you think back hard enough, you probably remember the time your 16th birthday rolled around and the first thing you wanted to do was get your drivers license.
But teens nowadays do not seem to be in a big hurry.
Data from the Federal Highway Administration and the Census Bureau shows that the number of 16-year-olds with a driver’s license has dropped significantly in the last 30 years.
About 46 percent of them had a license in 1983 and in 2010 that number dropped to 28 percent.
“Maybe in the bigger metro areas where there’s more public transportation then I can see that dropping down, but here in a smaller rural community they still need their drivers license to get around. It is more expensive I think to operate a vehicle nowadays, but I haven’t seen any drop off,” said Melinda Talamantes, a driver’s education instructor in Albert Lea.
She said her classes are constantly full. Right now she is teaching more than 40 students and just wrapped up a class with more than 50 students.