Regional
10:48 am
Thu January 28, 2010

Texas Governor: Study If You Want To Drive

Texas – Gov. Rick Perry proposes that Texas high school-aged students must hit the books if they want to legally hit the road.

At a news conference in Houston on Wednesday, Perry said students should have to prove that they're enrolled in school and working toward a diploma or GED if they want to get and keep a driver's license.

Perry says he'll ask the Texas Education Agency and the Texas Department of Public Safety to determine what's needed to implement such a program. If legislation is needed, Perry says he'll work with lawmakers to get it passed.

Perry announced his plan during a campaign stop. He is vying for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in the March 2 primary against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Republican activist Debra Medina.

Hutchison's campaign dismissed the plan as "typical election-year lip service."

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.