Back to School – Teens and Driver’s License Restrictions

Back to School

Its Back to School time.  Many students will be driving back to school, it is time for a refresher on Alabama Driver’s License Law and the restrictions on teen drivers.  A teenager under the age of 18 has restrictions on driving that many people are not aware of.  Violations of these restrictions can results in tickets and cause their license to be suspended.  Each violation can increase your insurance premiums or have your insurance canceled.

A person who is 16 years old or who is 17 years old but has had their drivers’ license for less than 6 months is not allowed to drive between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., unless they;

  • are accompanied by parent or guardian;
  • are accompanied by a person over the age of 21 years old and have permission from their parent or guardian;
  • driving to or from a school sponsored event;
  • driving to or from a religious organization sponsored event;
  • driving to or from their place of employment;
  • in cases of medical, police or fire emergency; or
  • when driving to or from an activity that involves hunting or fishing. (must be in possession of a valid hunting or fishing license)

A person under the age of 18 cannot have more than one passenger unless that person is a parent or guardian, family member, or a licensed driver over the age of 21.

A person under the age of 18 cannot be operating any handheld communication device while operating a vehicle.  (This goes beyond driving and texting, could be selecting songs on phone while operating a car)

A person under the age of 18 is convicted of violation of the restriction listed will have the restrictions extended for 6 months after they reach age 18.  If a person under the age of 18 is convicted two traffic violations or one serious traffic offense will have their licenses suspended for 60 days and the time that these restrictions will be in placed will be extended 6 months after they have reached 18 years of age.

The only exceptions for these restrictions for people who are under the age of 18 is if they are married or head of household or been legally relieved of minority.

It is important that you review these restrictions along with the other traffic violation with your children.  I would also recommend that you review the laws regarding school buses with them also.

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