Bedford Co. Leaders Consider Driving Curfew to Prevent Accidents

Bedford Co, VA - Bedford County leaders are looking to do anything they can to keep younger drivers and passengers safe. The school board and board of supervisors are discussing the possibility of a driving curfew.

The issue was raised at a joint meeting between the two boards Tuesday night.

A school system spokesperson says the school board chairman brought up the idea of a curfew. The two boards decided after the discussion to bring the idea to the Bedford County Sheriff's Office.

There's already a statewide teen driving curfew, however. Drivers under the age of 18 aren't supposed to be on the roads from midnight to 4 a.m.

Sheriff Mike Brown says it's also a secondary offense. Young drivers have to get pulled over for something else before the existing curfew can be enforced in the first place.

"You look at somebody in a car; you really can't tell how old he or she is. And just to stop somebody because you think that it might be an underage, that's not appropriate. We can't do it number one. That wouldn't fly in any court of law," Brown explained.

A late night/early morning curfew wouldn't have mattered in the last two deadly accidents involving teen drivers in Bedford County. One accident happened on the way to school. The other accident happened around 9 p.m.

The two boards contemplated Tuesday Night whether the curfew should be extended into the county out of Bedford City.

The current curfew, however, does not involve driving.

Instead, the curfew already in place is designed to keep kids off the streets and out of trouble late at night.