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Indiana is following many other states in the effort to reduce the number of casualties among teen drivers by introducing new licensing laws and restrictions that will have to be observed by Indiana drivers license and learners permit applicants. These new licensing laws raise the bar for traffic safety and will definitely play a major role in reducing the number of teenage drivers injured in traffic accidents.
According to the new law that goes into effect on July 01, 2010, all New Jersey drivers who are under 21 years of age must display red decals on the vehicle's license plates. The measure should make it easier for highway patrol and other drivers to identify teenage drivers and thus increase on road safety. Parents have concerns that red decals will also make it easier for stalkers to identify teenage drivers and thus put them in extra danger.
In May, US senators discussed some changes to the current licensing procedure for teenage drivers. One of the main points was raising the unrestricted driving age to 18. At the moment, the minimum unrestricted license age varies between states and in some places it is as low as 16. US senators were looking into the possibility of introducing uniform graduated drivers license laws for the whole country.
A national survey conducted by GMAC Insurance revealed that most of the New York drivers would not be able to pass the drivers permit test should they be forced to do so now. The average score for New Yorkers was 70%, with a current passing score being at least 80%.
A new law which will go into effect this September will require all Virginia parents to take a 90 minute drivers education course. The class will educate parents on the dangers of teen driving and highlight the restrictions that are posed onto the drivers who are under 18 years of age. Teens won't be granted a driver's license unless their parents present proof that they completed one of these classes.
Wisconsin will follow up other states in the move to make public roads safer by introducing a ban on texting behind the wheel. The law will go into effect on Dec 1, 2010 and drivers who choose to ignore the law can be slapped with a fine as high as $400.
According to the recent bill that was passed on in Texas, the Department of Public Safety will start publishing the statistics on crash rates among drivers ed graduates. The statistics will show specific Texas drivers ed schools and companies and crash rates among students who completed their drivers education classes with these companies. This will allow students to make more educated decisions when the time comes to select the drivers education program and also help the Department to identify driving schools that are not doing a great job at teaching drivers ed.
As of May 01, 2010 the new rules regarding Texas drivers education classes went into effect. Starting May 01, every teenager who signs up for one of the Texas driver ed classes will have to complete at least 34 hours of driving before applying for a drivers license.
The lawmakers in North Carolina are discussing the possibility of ending the state funding of drivers education classes. At the moment, the state pays the full amount for every student who goes through drivers ed prior to obtaining a drivers license, which costs over $30 million a year.
Driving is a responsibility, not a right - we all heard this phrase more than once. However, another responsibility that we have is raising the safe driving awareness among thousands of teenage drivers who hit the roads for the first time every year. The Mobile Country Public Schools in Alabama are doing a great job with the annual Drivers Ed Road-E-O event, the experience that teaches teenage drivers how to respect the potential dangers of the road and brings public attention to the current issues.