New Traffic Laws In Effect

Posted on March 15, 2012

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Public Service Announcement

Recently, new legislation passed by the state government has dramatically altered the law regarding both seatbelts and drivers with junior licenses.
For those that did not receive their junior license before December 27, 2011, the law has been changed regarding the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle.  The new regulations stipulate that a driver is not permitted to have more than one passenger under the age of 18 that is not an immediate family member in their vehicle unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
After this six month period, if the driver has not been convicted of a driving violation or been partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash, they are allowed to have up to three passengers under the age of 18 in their vehicle, again with the exception of family members.  If more than three passengers under the age of 18 are in the vehicle, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the driver.
If, after the six month period, a driver has been convicted of a violation or has been responsible for a crash, the driver is still restricted to the one-passenger limit.
Finally, the seatbelt law  has changed.  It is now a primary offense for any driver, or occupant in a vehicle under the age of 18, to not wear a seatbelt.  This means that a driver can be stopped and ticketed solely for the seatbelt violation.  The law also requires all children under the age of eight to be securely fastened in a child restraint system.

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