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Traffic Laws Regarding Teen Drivers | Traffic-Attorneys.org

Traffic Laws Regarding Teen Drivers

Teen driving laws are a bit different from standard traffic laws to ensure their safety on the road and to avoid accidents. Parents should make certain that their children are thoroughly educated about these rules and regulations and the consequences of breaking the law. Instructional permit can be obtained by teenagers above 15 years of age. Teenagers aged 16 and 17 may get an intermediate license after completing up to 50 hours of certified supervised driving. They are also required to take a test before applying for a driverís license, also known as provisional or class D license.

Teenagers holding an intermediate license may not travel with other teenagers in their car for at least 6 months after the issuance of the license. This is to ensure that young people do not travel alone or go on long routes without letting their parents know. After 6 months they can have up to three other teenagers in the car with them other than immediate family members. Another important law regarding teen drivers is that they should not drive in the late night and early morning hours from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. These rules may vary from state to state; therefore you should check with your local legislation to find out about more restrictions and limitations regarding teen drivers.

Before getting a provisional license, teenagers are also required to pass an eye test. In addition to this, they should complete driver education and drivers training courses. Teen drivers below the age of 18 cannot take the driving test. An adult, at least 25 years of age, must accompany a teen driver who has a provisional license. Out of the 50 hours that these drivers are required to drive under supervision of an adult, 10 must be completed at night. In some countries the minimum age for driving has been raised to 18.

Responsibility of any financial or physical damage shall fall upon the parents or guardian of the teen driver (under 18 years of age) which can be up to $30,000 for injury or death. All passengers in a car driven by a teenager must wear seatbelts. In most states it is also prohibited to use a cell phone while driving. Teenagers who have an instructional license must not use any kind of wireless device inside the vehicle.

It should also be kept in mind that driving for teenagers is not a right but a concession. All teen drivers are required to sign a contract in which they agree to certain terms and conditions. These terms include agreeing to drive cautiously under all circumstances and to obey all standard traffic laws. They also agree not to drive alone or with other teenagers and to avoid illegal drugs and alcohol at all costs.

Teen driving laws must be followed to make sure the kids donít get into trouble on the road. Parents should also look after their kids and teach them about the financial damage and other consequences that may occur in case of an accident. They should also make sure that their kids have acquired a learnerís permit before hitting the road.


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