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New law gives thousands of foster care teens big boost in acquiring driver’s privileges

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State legislators voted Thursday unanimously in favor of making a three-year pilot project called “Keys to Independence” — begun in 2014 and intended to aid eligible teens in the state foster care system attain driver’s licenses and overcome associated hurdles — permanent, bringing them on par with their peer group. Autonomy is what most teenagers crave — driving is a key to that freedom and competitive edge. In previous decades, adolescents under the custody of the state of Florida faced…

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