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MEDFORD, Ore. -- Teenagers in Southern Oregon getting ready to drive are taking advantage of a break the Legislature has granted: Complete a state-approved driver education program and be spared the stress of a state driving test.

The Medford Mail Tribune reportsenrollment at driving schools has increased since the provision went into effect in January.

The new provision applies to teenagers 15 to 17 who have a provisional, Class C instruction permit, 50 hours of adult-supervised driving experience, and a passing grade in a state-certified driver education class.

It gets them out of a 15-minute, $9 state road test. But they still have to take the state's written exam.

Teens who don't take a driver education class must log 100 hours behind the wheel and take both tests.

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