Prom, graduation, and summer are all just around the corner. Keep your teen driver safe by knowing the law and enforcing household rules.
Junior Operator License
Teenage drivers who are under 18 are subject to Junior Operator restrictions when they first get their license. These restrictions prevent teens from driving with other passengers under 18, driving between 12:30am and 5:00am, and using their cell phone while driving.
The Massachusetts RMV has great resources for parents and teens to help explain the laws and penalties associated with Junior Operator licenses. It is important for drivers to understand how easy it is to lose their license when violating these laws. First Offense violations can lead to a 60 day to year long suspension and fees ranging from $100 to $500.
Teen Driver Safety
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) both have great tips for encouraging safe driving habits in teens.
NHTSA reminds parents to set the rules before teens hit the road with “5 to Drive“:
- No cell phones while driving
- No extra passengers
- No speeding
- No alcohol
- No driving or riding without a seat belt
The CDC publishes the 8 Danger Zones associated with teenage drivers. The Danger Zones are:
- Driver Inexperience
- Driving with Teen Passengers
- Nighttime Driving
- Not Using Seat Belts
- Distracted Driving
- Drowsy Driving
- Reckless Driving
- Impaired Driving
By teaching young drivers to identify and prevent these dangerous habits we can create safer roads.
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