New Teen Driving Requirements Take Effect In Pennsylvania
PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — New requirements and restrictions are going into effect for teenage drivers in Pennsylvania.
A new law goes into effect Tuesday that increases the amount of behind the wheel training required for young drivers. They now must have 65 hours of behind-the-wheel practice — up from 50 hours.
The law requires that 10 hours of the time must be clocked at night and five hours must be during bad weather. (see related story)
The new law, called Lacey’s Law is named after Lacey Gallagher who died in the spring of 2007. She was one of seven young people riding in an SUV at 3 in the morning when the vehicle lost control in dense fog on the PA turnpike. Lacey was killed and the others were injured. Authorities say no alcohol was involved.
The law limits the number of passengers a young driver may transport to no more than one passenger who is under 18 and not an immediate family member unless they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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