N.B. looks at new rules for young drivers after fatal crash

New Brunswick's public safety minister says rules for new drivers will soon change.

New Brunswick's public safety minister says rules for new drivers willsoon change.

The government was already explaining legislative changes before the tragedy on Monday night that claimed the lives of four teenagers, saidthe minister, John Foran.

"We're currently reviewing our graduated licensing program and we're hoping to bring recommendations that will make improvements to the legislation some time next year," Foran said.

Four teens between the ages of 16 and 19 died after passing another vehicle at high speed and skidding off the roadinto a stone culvert on Route 134 near Richibucto in eastern New Brunswick.

Police are still investigating the accident but say speed and reckless driving appear to be a factor.

It has not yet been determined if alcohol was involved in the crash and police are unsure who was driving the Nissan Maxima because three of the teens, who were likely not wearing seatbelts, were thrown from the vehicle.

In a similar accident in September, four teenagers died while trying to pass another vehicle in a no-passing area just outside of Moncton. Their car slammed into an oncoming pickup truck.

Richibucto Mayor Meldrick Mazerolle said tougher licensing laws may not be the solution.

The province should be focusing on more comprehensive driver's education and getting more police on the roads, Mazerolle said.

The funerals for the teenagers are scheduled for Friday and Saturday.