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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A state law only months old has led to the arrest of teens whose only offense was going 15 mph over the speed limit.

One teen was arrested in Raleigh for speeding, and another teen was arrested in the Piedmont for the same thing this week.

The state law, which went to effect Oct. 1, requires officers to arrest teens 18 and younger and driving with a provisional license, for a misdemeanor moving violation.

Misdemeanor moving violations include going 15 mph over the speed limit, careless and reckless driving, aggressive driving and passing a stopped school bus. Magistrates can take the teen's licenses away even before they appear in court.

North Carolina Highway Patrol officials said the law was passed to try to reduce the number of teens killed in car wrecks.

However, some teens and even parents of teens said they think an arrest and being taken into custody may be going too far.

"I think it's a little unfair, because a lot of adults do go 20 over the speed limit and they don't get arrested," said Miranda Howell, teen.

"If we're going to give teens adult responsibility, then we ought to treat them like adults," said Miranda Howell's mom.

"I think going to jail is kind of over the top," said, Ashley Threadgill, 17. Threadgill admitted she has been pulled over before.

"I was driving," Threadgill said. "I wasn't paying attention, swerving. They thought I was drunk. I wasn't. They said to be more cautious. I like to be ahead of traffic. I don't like people to be on my bumper."

While Threadgill doesn't agree with the law, she said she understands where lawmakers are coming from.

"It makes teens be aware of their speed. It makes them think twice. It keeps them more cautious and more safe on the road and keeps the people around them more safe," Threadgill said.

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