Take Our Poll on New Teen Driving Rules

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.

Elyse October 04, 2011 at 12:56 PM
If you've ever wondered why riders need helmets, go visit the locked brain-injury ward at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital ..... Motorcycle riders who ride without helmets are just organ donors waiting to happen.
Seavet1 October 04, 2011 at 01:13 PM
While we are instituting new laws lets finally get a no cell phone while driving law in Pennsylvania. Also agree with Elyse, closed head brain injury wards were full of motocycle riders
voiceofreason October 04, 2011 at 01:20 PM
The laws don't make much of a difference if they aren't enforced. Sure these look good on paper, but it is unlikely a cop will stop them for no seat belt, and unless they are doing something else wrong, the passenger limitations can't be enforced. Furthermore, the probability of the police piling on the tickets for someone who is respectful is highly unlikely.
voiceofreason October 04, 2011 at 01:22 PM
Cell phone laws are all fine and good, but there are enough laws on the books to enforce that they aren't needed. If they truly are a hazard when they're on the phone, they will be breaking some other vehicle code in the process.
Seavet1 October 04, 2011 at 01:39 PM
I agree that laws don’t mean much if they are not enforced just look at the flagrant violations of speeding laws in this state. On the issue of cell phone laws, I came from a state that had a no hand held cell phone law and it has been effective in reducing careless driving like I see in and around West Chester every day
marion1 October 05, 2011 at 01:23 AM
junior license teens should be limited to one teen passenger the entire time they have a junior license, not just the first six months! Too many multi teen fatalities ---and some of those accidents were a mix of over and under 18. We had a NO passenger rule for quite some time combined with NOT getting the license right away at 16---we are no longer a rural area--these roads are crazy!
Seavet1 October 05, 2011 at 03:24 AM
I agree these roads may appear to be just country roads but there is a great deal of traffic on them. In addition people drive way over the speed limit and since there is vertually no traffice law enforcement they are very dangerous and very easy for an inexperienced driver to misjudge.
Deidre October 06, 2011 at 05:48 AM
I agree with Elyse about a visit to BMRH. The Rehab also has an excellent program named Crusin' Not Boozin, it addresses more than just alcohol related accidents. I learned that cell phone use faced the same degree of impairment as a blood alcohol level that is twice the legal limit. Brain injuried teens address the audience, big impact.


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