Teen Driving Laws
Connecticut’s laws involving teen drivers changed considerably since 2008. The following provides some refresher information concerning teen driving laws.
16- and 17-year-olds issued drivers’ licenses on or after August 1, 2008:
· If issued a learner’s permit on or after August 1, 2008, teens must complete 40 hours of on-the-road instruction. The parent or legal guardian will also be required to attend two hours of the mandatory eight hour course on safe driving practices.
· Are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Exceptions include traveling to work, school or religious activities; medical necessity; serving as a driver in a safe ride program; or carrying out duties or responding to an emergency as an active member of a local volunteer fire, ambulance or EMS department.
· Are prohibited, for the first six months after receiving a license, from transporting passengers except a licensed driving instructor or other person giving instruction who has held a license for at least four years, or a parent or legal guardian who holds a valid operator’s license. Exceptions made for those members of volunteer fire or ambulance company responding to an emergency.
· Are prohibited, for the second six months (months seven through twelve) after the issuance of a license, from having any passengers with the exception of those listed above or any other members of the operator’s immediate family. Exceptions made for those members of volunteer fire or ambulance company responding to an emergency.
· Will have a license immediately suspended for 48 hours if he or she is in violation of any of the above laws. New drivers will also have their licenses suspended if they are charged with speeding 20 mph or more over the speed limit, reckless driving, racing and operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
All 16- and 17-year-old licensed drivers and permit holders:
· Are prohibited from using a cellphone or other mobile electronic device (i.e. IPod, MP3 players, etc.) while driving (including a cellphone with a hands-free device).
· Are required to wear a seat belt. Any passengers in a vehicle being operated by a driver under the age of eighteen must wear seat belts. This includes both front and back seat passengers.