You've Spoken on New Teen Driver Rules
Patch users support the new regs aimed at teen driving safety
Gov. Tom Corbett (R) on Tuesday signed House Bill 9, also known as "Lacey's Law," intended to make teen driving safer.
Patch launched a poll Oct.1 on our Lehigh Valley sites asking what users think of the new regulations, which include:
- For the first six months, a driver under 18 will not be permitted to have more than one friend under 18 as a passenger unless they are accompanied by a parent/guardian.
- After six months, they may have up to three passengers under 18, as long as they are free of violations or were not responsible for an accident.
- Supervised, behind-the-wheel training required for permit-holders under age 18 rises from 50 to 65 hours. Ten of the added hours are for nighttime driving and five additional hours are spent driving in poor weather.
- Drivers and passengers under 18 must wear a seatbelt or they can be stopped solely for that violation and fined $75.
Here how you voted in our unscientific poll:
- Good idea. They'll make our teens and our roads safer. 102 (56%)
- Too restrictive. Another move towards a nanny state. 21 (11%)
- While they're at it, state lawmakers should reinstate a helmet law for motorcycle riders. 56 (31%)
Total votes: 179
Two Patch readers contacted us objecting to the third answer choice. They noted that there is a helmet law for teen motorcycle riders and that the debate on adult helmet laws is irrelevant to teen driver safety.
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