Restrictions on Teen Drivers

Restrictions on Teen Drivers

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

In the District

Everyone younger than 21 who is seeking a driver's license is automatically enrolled in the GRAD (Gradual Rearing of Adult Drivers) Program.

People who are at least 16 1/2 and have held a learner's permit for at least six months can receive a provisional license, which carries these restrictions:

Passengers: In front, no more than one passenger; that person must be 21 or older and hold a full driver's license. Siblings and parents are allowed in back seats.

Driving hours: July and August, daily 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.; September to June, Sunday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 10:59 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.

A full license requires a minimum age of 17. Must have held a valid provisional license for at least six months.

Passengers: For drivers younger than 18, no more than two passengers younger than 21. (This restriction does not apply to siblings.)

Driving hours: For drivers who are younger than 18, same as for provisional license.

No driving hours or passenger restrictions for full-license drivers once they turn 18.

Cellphone use: The District requires all drivers to use a hands-free accessory while using a mobile phone or other electronic device.

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