WVa Advises Young Drivers To Brace For New Laws

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Beginning drivers in West Virginia will soon face new restrictions ranging from when they can be out to when they can be pulled over.

Although the new rules won't go into effect until July 10, Division of Motor Vehicles commissioner Joe Miller is reminding teenagers to get ready for the changes.

Starting July 10, intermediate drivers can only drive unsupervised between 5 a.m. And 10 p.m., one hour earlier than the old rules allowed.

They'll also face new restrictions on driving with people under the age of 20.

The law banning intermediate drivers and those with instruction permits from using handheld cell phones will become a primary offense.

That will allow police to ticket them even if they aren't violating another traffic law.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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  • by concerned Location: parkersburg on Jun 23, 2009 at 07:48 AM
    i thought when our soldiers died for our country that we could have freedom. we dont have any at all you cant even sit on your front porch and have a get together with friends or family without having a 10pm noise curfew. freedom we definetly dont have. you cant do anything w/o having a fee to pay or a certain rediculous law to follow.
  • by AD Location: ONE MESSED STATE on Jun 22, 2009 at 10:36 PM
    IT AMAZES ME THAT 2-4X PER DAY I SE LAW ENFORCEMENT ON THE PHONE BUT I GUESS THEY CALL ITS 4 BUISNUS.AQND HALF DONT EVEN WEAR A SEATBELT.I DONT THINK TEENS SHOULD BE ABLE 2 TEXT WHEN DRIVING BUT THE COPS SHOULD HAVE 2 FOLLOW THE SAME RULES.DOESNT PPD HAVE 2 OBEY THE LW AS WELL?ITS LIKE DO AS I SAY JUST NOT AS I DO.I NEVER TXT. WHILE DRIVING...IF ITS THAT IMPORTRNT 2 U THEN @LEAST PULLOVER.DONT JEPORDICE YOUR LIFE OR OTHERS.it is not woth it.What the hell is the government?b-4 lomg they will figure out away so we cant even smoke cigs.....which is well on itsway.
  • by octomom Location: parkersburg on Jun 22, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    The cell phone rule should go to everybody not just teens. Cell phones are a hazard to other drivers because the old saying some people cannot do to things at once such as talk on a cell phone and pay attention to the other people on the road.....
  • by Missy on Jun 22, 2009 at 01:11 PM
    There have always been exceptions for teenagers that work past the curfew hours, are attending school functions, in case of an emergency or are attending a church function. What is so dumb about that?
  • by concerned Location: parkersburg on Jun 22, 2009 at 01:08 PM
    so what about elderly people that have medical problems(cant see or hear to well) i am always following elderly ppl that are swerving and hogging both lanes.i realize new drivers that are just starting want to hot rod but elderly people that i have noticed that have a lot of health problems should be tested to make sure they should be able to drive. my mom and dad was hit by a woman that has seizures and now my mom has problems with her neck b/c she was hit by a person that has medical problems. how fair is it that these young kids have new driving laws and work late and even go to school late?
  • by Nikki Location: Vienna on Jun 22, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    In the past, if you had a school event, job, or religious function, you could drive after curfew.
  • by namehere Location: Parkersburg on Jun 22, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    Are these new rules just for new teenage drivers or are they for new drivers period? Some people don't get their license until later in life. How does this affect them?
  • by wv Location: belpre on Jun 22, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    its dumb but still better than ohio
  • by Mad! Location: Marietta on Jun 22, 2009 at 11:39 AM
    I find this dumb! What about people who work after that!! Yeah! Consider it.. Thank god i do not live in west Virgnia!!
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