Senate Bill 667 raises the required classroom hours for 17-year-old drivers from six to 30. That's in addition to eight hours behind the wheel. It goes into effect Wednesday, August 1.
"Some are not very happy about it obviously," driving instructor Donny Brokenberry said of his students. "They want to get their license a lot quicker."
Brokenberry believes the bill is trying to catch up to changing technology.
"We did not have the technology that we have that causes the crashes that we see now," said Brokenberry. "There wasn't an iPhone or an iPad 20 years ago. So obviously with technology it's great to have that, but it also causes more crashes out on the road as well."
Teenagers are four times more likely to be in an accident than adult driver. State Police say this legislation will make their jobs easier and likely save some lives.
"It will make these teenagers more experienced behind the wheel" said Louisiana State Trooper Matt Harris. "They'll be more educated about the traffic laws. They will feel more confident when they get in the vehicle. Which in turn makes the roadway safer for the motoring public."
There are changes for people 18 and up looking for a first license. This group already has to finish six hours in the classroom, but Wednesday brings with it another eight hours in the driver's seat.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for U.S. teenagers.