New restrictions for teen drivers in Pennsylvania take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, December 27, 2011. As of that day, 16- and 17-year-old drivers will need more training, they’ll be allowed to transport fewer passengers, and not wearing a seat belt will be enough for a teen driver to get pulled over. Even their teen passengers will have to buckle up.
The number of non-family passengers under age 18 is restricted for drivers under 18, if no parent or guardian is present. It’s just one such passenger for the first six months after getting a junior license, which is possible at age 16-1/2. Then, until the driver turns 18, it’s three passengers – if the driver has a record free of committing violations and even partly causing crashes.
Permit holders under 18 will need 65 hours of hands-on training, an increase of 15 hours. Ten of the additional hours must include driving at night and five hours must occur during poor weather conditions.
Scott B. Cooper
Schmidt Kramer PC
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Harrisburg, PA 17101
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