Magnarelli: Keeping the Roads Safe for Central New York Families
August 14, 2003
Driving is a big responsibility. Once you step inside a vehicle there is the potential to not only harm yourself and your passengers, but also those you share the roadway with. Thatís why I supported a new law allowing motorists under 18 to learn the rules of the road at a pace that ensures they are better prepared for this serious responsibility (Chap. 644 of 2002). Starting in September, drivers under the age of 18 who apply for a learnerís permit will be required to hold the permit for a minimum of six months and obtain 20 supervised hours before they would be eligible to take a road test and obtain a junior license. Teens who receive their learnerís permit before September will not be required to abide by these regulations, but they and all other permit holders and junior licensees under 18 will have to follow a few new rules to help ensure they become safe, reliable drivers. This new law includes:
- Allowing only two passengers who are not immediate family members unless the young driver is accompanied by a parent, guardian, driverís education teacher, or driving instructor;
- Suspending a graduated license upon a serious violation, and revoking it upon a second violation within six months of the first; and
- Requiring the driver and all passengers to use seatbelts and/or child safety seats.