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The state says new drivers should have no more than one teen passenger.

New state rules for teen drivers (awaiting the governor's signature) limit their allowable number of teenage passengers to one during their first six months on the road, according to this report.

State lawmakers also approved these changes:

  • Police can stop a teen driver for not wearing a seat belt.
  • Novice motorists must have 65 hours of driving experience (up from 50 hours) including 20 hours of night driving and five hours of driving in bad weather to qualify for a license.
  • Teens with a junior license are limited to three teenage passengers after six months on the road.

Take our poll and use the comments section below to tell us what you think about these regulations.


WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. October 01, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Shall we be looking at senior citizens' driving next?
Beth Henninger October 01, 2011 at 12:02 PM
My daughter got her license in January of this year and for the first 3 month I did let her take any passengers. Then after that and till this day she is only to have one passenger. The more passengers you have the more distractions. I think this is a great law!
Cindi October 01, 2011 at 12:18 PM
it would not let me select 2 options, but YES helmet laws for motorcycle should be reinstated......... there is a seatbelt law, but no helmet law? Does not make sense.
steve October 01, 2011 at 01:32 PM
The number 1 killer for teens is WHAT ! a car accident need I say more. What the old farts driving. I see these people a danger to others. That reminds me when my wife and I were at the liquor store watch the guy park his car and drive threw the front window. I ran to shut his car off and grabbed his keys. I said I should have stopped driving years ago! Know kidding. I would like to see some kind of of test. Ha even if it's taking a police officer for a ride around town. ( watch out Alan ) lol
Jenae Holtzhafer October 01, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Years ago when I first started to drive, my parents enforced this as their own law. No passengers were allowed to drive with me until I had six months of experience under my belt. As Allan mentioned, there were times when I dismissed that rule and drove my best friend to the mall or home from school (she didn't have a car) - always fearful that my parents would see me or find out. And they usually did somehow! I can't say that kids won't continue take passengers, but it would definitely make them more conscious of the fact that they're not supposed to. I like this law and hope it passes by the time my son is driving. It's critical for new drivers to have the ability to focus while they're first learning to encounter obstacles on the road.
Morris M Marlatt October 01, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Teen can be made safe, for the first 6 months do not allow any passengers. But the biggest issue with teen drivers is Cell Phones, this is the biggest distraction of all. I've seen them texting while driving. I'd say if a teen is caught using thier cell phones while driving it should be an automatic loss of driving priveledges for 6 months 1st offense. Also the motorcycle helmet law should be reinstated, how can we teach our teens safety when we allow people to operate motorcycles without the proper safety equipment,
Robert Sentner October 01, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Can't believe with all of todays technology that they can't make something that disables the cel phone reception when the vehicle is in motion, with todays GPS technology they surley know when the vehicle is in motion. And yes the Helmet law should be brought back. cost ALL of us millions of dollars each year because fo peoples so called rights......
S October 01, 2011 at 02:49 PM
I think it should be left to the parent this is getting out of hand how the government is controlling everything we do with our children to what we eat. And if they are going to start getting tougher driving laws on kids well lets put helmet laws back in effect why should people in full automobiles be required to wear seat belts and have kids in car seats but a person on a little motorcycle doesn't have to wear a helmet if they don't want to why do they get to chose I don't get to chose if I don't want to wear my belt that is a bunch of crap when I am in a full armor of steel. And I am not near as afraid of teenage drivers as I am of the senior drivers that is who they need to be going after and immediately.
Terri Simpson October 01, 2011 at 03:01 PM
I think having restrictions on teens is a good idea But saying that means we also have a limit because we all know laws get out of hand. Should we ban mascara makeup how many women do I see doing this NOT TEENS. Should we ban stereo's I mean that's a distraction.How about eating in your car? How about purses you could be fumbling in your purse could cause a accident. How about all cell phones ban them altogether How about treating are seniors like infants and giving them a new driving test take away there freedom.How about not having cars since it could cause someone to die we should go back to walking everywhere. Most parents have good sense in steering there children in the right directions I have always put in very strict rules about a driving privilege do we really need more Nanny State? Are we saying parents are stupid and need so many guild lines. Don't always be so quick to jump on the ban wagon of more regulations in the name of safety. Parent skills have always worked more than Nanny State looking over our shoulders.
Notbornyesterday October 01, 2011 at 07:54 PM
As a parent who has had three kids go through 50 hours of driving experience, I think that was enough. It was really hard to get 50 hours in within a year, let alone 6 months. I do think they should require more night driving and bad weather driving but I question how they will enforce that. It's parents that sign off on the driving and not too many of us are going to say, "Hey, looks like the snow is really coming down, let's go driving!". Agree that the helmet law should be reinstated and your poll should have said that a little more clearly -" I agree with number 1 and while they're at it bring back the helmet law"
sandy October 01, 2011 at 09:03 PM
I agree with the helmet law. PA requires helmets when we ride a bicycle, but not a motocycle? As far as teen drivers go, I think more hours at night and in bad weather is appropriate, but adding new legislation is not. There's no real way to enforce it and the parents would have to sign off on it anyway. I disagree with a law to limit passengers to 1. While there may be kids out joyriding, there are also responsible kids out there, helping out their families by picking up their siblings from school activities, etc... who, face it, may have more than one sibling. Who is the state to say they are not allowed to do this? If you have 3 kids at the high school, they can't all come home in the same car? It seems a bit ridiculous.
Snickford October 02, 2011 at 02:12 PM
They do have this technology. It's available for after market purchase and installation if one chooses to purchase and have it installed.
Mom of DnNnD October 03, 2011 at 04:27 PM
I think this article just hit the talking points and not the new law in detail. The following sentence details what is proposed in the new law. "The final version limits teen drivers to one passenger - immediate family excepted - for the first six months after they receive a junior license." So, they can still drive family members around with one extra non-family member.
Penny October 05, 2011 at 07:07 PM
I am all for increasing regulations for teen drivers due to their inexperience and their lack of maturity at that age; However, I am curious as to what that has to do with motorcyclists wearing helmets. There is a Helmet Law in the state of PA. The law states that if you are under the age of 21 you must wear a helmet. Anyone over the age of 21 & after 2 years of licensed riding, or upon completion of the PA Motorcycle Safety Program you are given the freedom to choose. Pennsylvania motorcyclists campaigned to modify the state law; if car drivers wish to ride without seatbelts, they should campaign together to modify that law as well. With regards to cost, since modification of the PA helmet law in 2003, there has been a dramatic increase in registered motorcyclists in PA, but as per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show there has been a decrease in motorcycle fatalities. While care and concern for the youth of our community is always a priority, the lawful choice an adult makes is the core of our Freedom.
Frank Gibson October 06, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Safe Teen Driving is an issue we can all support. That’s why our company developed MOTOsafety, a new service that helps parents monitor and coach their teenage drivers. The service gives parents a daily report card showing how their teen performs on key safe driving habits such as speeding, harsh braking and rapid acceleration. MOTOsafety gives parents a great tool for increasing the safety of teens on the road. Learn more at http://www.motosafety.com.
Penny October 07, 2011 at 02:19 PM
In addition to the new regulations for these teen drivers,a major danger is kids and cellphones. As far as I am concerned kids should never be given or be allowed to "pay for" a cell phone that does anything more than let them call their parents/home, and naturally all phones can call 911. Kids are too immature to handle the responsibility of having a phone that does more than that. They will drive and talk & even text (& sext which is a whole another problem) on the phone. Too many accidents occur due to talking and/or texting on cellphones while driving. If all parents made a change & gave their child(ren) a basic only cellphone with proper usage instructions many deaths and injuries could be prevented.
Wazzy October 26, 2011 at 01:16 PM
It is a shame we have to pass laws that should actually be common sense. My kids were not permitted to have passengers in their car for at least 6 months and then only one till they had at least a year under their belts. And again I say it is a shame we have to pass laws that should actually be common sense...like having your lights on when it's raining! Using turn signals! Not running red lights or stop signs! No texting or using cell phones that aren't hands free....do i need to go on!? We've seem to stop caring about anyone else on the road. It's all about me. Very sad.
Anita Soltysiak December 28, 2011 at 10:34 PM
I see a lot of great comments here.. What is boils down to is WHEN our kids should be allowed to even get a license. I've always felt that 16 is too young, the maturity isn't there yet. Psychologically they haven't yet developed fully of a sense of consequence or mortality. I made my kids wait until 17 to get their licenses (same age I was in NJ). They had their permits at 16+ and went for their tests just before they expired. So, MY choice, as a parent was for them have many more than the recommended hours of training with me behind the wheel. Unfortunately, these new rules, in my daughter's case, is punishing her because she's beyond that now, experience wise. I suggest the AGE be changed, and all these 'Nanny' regulations can be tossed away. Parents are just gonna have to suck it up and spend more time with their teens. Teens are gonna have to accept less trips to the mall, etc. Society forces them to grow up too quickly.
RJ December 28, 2011 at 11:22 PM
That is an extreme response, I frequently talk on my cell phone while a passenger in a car, especially on a long drive. It's a good opportunity to catch up with people I don't call too often.


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