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New law to affect teenage drivers

Sunday, June 28, 2009

In 2007, 153 teen drivers were killed in traffic accidents on Indiana roadways, but new laws taking effect on July 1 could potentially change that.

First-time drivers who get a probationary drivers license on or after July 1, will not be allowed to drive with passengers during the first 180 days after obtaining their license unless accompanied by a licensed instructor, an individual, who is 25 or older, with a valid Indiana drivers license, or a parent, guardian or step-parent who is 21 years or older. However, they will be allowed to drive with their own child, sibling or spouse during the hours allowed by law.

Some of the other new restrictions include:

* Drivers under age 18 may not use any type of telecommunication device while driving, with the exception of making a 911 call,

* For 180 days after getting their license, under age drivers may not drive between 10 p.m.-5 a.m.,

* After the 180 days, under age drivers may not drive during Sunday through Thursday, 11 p.m.-5 a.m., on Friday and Saturday, 1-5 a.m., and

* Underage drivers are allowed to drive any time if they are traveling to or from work, school and/or a religious event or if accompanied by an individual, who is 25 or older, with a valid driver's license.

Indiana will also implement new Graduated Drivers Licensing requirements for probationary drivers under the age of 18.

In a proactive approach to help educate teens about the importance of safe driving practices, the Governor's Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) are working with parents, teachers, legislators and traffic safety advocates around the state to increase awareness about teen driver safety and empower students with the resources they need to drive responsibly on Indiana roadways.

One of the greatest risk factors teen drivers face is the number of passengers in the vehicle. Studies have confirmed that with the presence of just one passenger, teens are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash. Few teens recognize the increased risk of a crash while passengers are present in the vehicle.

One way young drivers can become better equipped to handle the road is through graduated driver licensing (GDL.) GDL systems address the high risks new drivers face by allowing them to get their initial driving experience under low-risk conditions. Parents and guardians can use the basic principles of GDL to help teen drivers gain experience under low-risk conditions.

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This is a great thing and relieves me, as my daughter who is 15 just graduated from Drivers Ed, and has her permit and drives almost everywhere she goes. She will get her license in December of this year and I must admit I am really nervous for her. Reading this has relieved me a great deal of the stress of my first born driving.

-- Posted by proud mom and soldier on Sun, Jun 28, 2009, at 10:18 PM

I agree. I know how exciting it is to get to drive, but these kids have a lot more distractions (ie cell phones) than we did. I also think the elderly should be tested more often. I've seen some out there that really don't need to be driving, but that's just my opinion.

-- Posted by th1953 on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 1:07 AM

I think Driver's Ed should be taught during the schools months. I feel the children will be better educated. It's great, everyone drives in the summer where weather conditions are good but reality: winter , fog, darkness, is a big factor.This will also help out schools . Schools will now get the contract. more money for schools!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Jun 29, 2009, at 8:29 AM

Lets just make EVERYTHING illegal and that way, we'll be safe from life. Laws passed to make people safer (such as the teen driver laws) only help the less intelligent and less disciplined. Don't worry! Cap and trade will pass and you won't be able to afford to drive anyway. ...and you won't need too. Waxman/Markey will have us all begging the government for food before its all over.

-- Posted by TheRider on Wed, Jul 1, 2009, at 2:03 PM

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