The PA state House and Senate recently passed House Bill 9, which increases safety restrictions and training for teen drivers. The new measure takes aim at these most common driving distractions. House Bill 9 is now awaiting Gov. Tom Corbett’s signature.
Under the proposal, a newly licensed driver would only be able to carry one teen passenger for the first six months. After that, the teen driver can carry up to three other teens, but only if he or she has a clean driving record. The only exception is that the driver can have up to three family members in the car regardless of age.
Under the current law:
- Anyone can obtain a learner’s permit at the age of 16 after passing a written test.
- With a permit, the teen can drive freely with any licensed driver over age 21 in the passenger seat.
- The teen must keep a logbook for the first 50 hours on the road to record practice time.
- After six months of “permit driving,” the teen can take the license test.
- With a license, the teen can be on the road until 11 p.m. with as many passengers as there are seat belts.
- At age 18, the curfew goes away and the driver is treated like other adults.
For full article see Teen to Gov. Corbett: Sign the new teen driver laws | PennLive.com by Emily Baseman
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