jenrgw New Restrictions Placed on Michigan Teen Drivers

Last Friday, a new law was passed in Michigan that is expected to be signed by Governor Granholm.  The law was passed with the goal of decreasing accidents, and resulting injuries, caused by distracted teen drivers.  Specifically, the Michigan teen distracted driving law will:

  • Place new restrictions on the hours that new drivers can drive. Under the  new law, drivers who have their license for less than one year may not drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are going to or from a job or are with a parent, guardian, or person over the age of 21 who has been designated by the parent or guardian.
  • Prevent new drivers from having more than one driver under the age of 21 in the car unless the passengers are family members or the driver is going to or from school or school event.  Statistics indicate that the chances of a teen driver getting in a car crash skyrockets with every passenger present in the car.  Michigan now joins the majority of states that limit the number of passengers that may be present in a teen driver’s car.

It is often said that there is little that can be done in legislative lame duck sessions.  It seems that Michigan has found a way to do good, and save lives, during its lame duck session by passing this anti distracted driving law.

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