Proposed Changes In OH Teen Driving Rules

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email
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As the owner of Devola-based Pioneer Driving School, Delores Holiday has a lot of discussions with her mostly-teenage students about distracted driving. And it isn't all about the use of mobile devices.

"We talk about the law right now that limits how many people you can have in the car," Holiday says. "It's only one person that they're not related to. We discuss the distractions the other teens pose being in the car."

That's Ohio's current law. A state legislator is now proposing teens not be allowed any teenaged passengers while they're driving.

Holiday understands that in situations such as when they're driving to and from school events, the conversation about that and other matters can be as distracting as using the phone. She says the proposed law is not a bad idea.

"We all have teenage drivers, and we all feel strongly about instilling safe driving skills. That includes limits on the number of people in the car and limiting distractions like cell phones."

The bill's sponsor says, if approved by the legislature, the new law would bring ohio closer to the reccomendations of national safety groups.

In West Virginia, drivers under the age of 18 with a level one driving permit have to have a licensed driver of at least 21 years of age, and are limited to two additional passengers.

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