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New Legislation Affects Teens Behind the Wheel

Steve Wagner

A new law in Indiana is aimed at protecting every driver on the road, but especially teenage and young adult drivers.

As of July 1st, it’s illegal for any driver under the age of 21 to use a cell phone (including hands free devices) while operating a vehicle. While statistics and common sense show that it’s dangerous to use a cell phone behind the wheel at any age, the highest number of accidents, injuries, and deaths occur in those ages 21 and under.

In addition to cell phone restrictions, the new law also prohibits who can ride with young drivers. For the first six months after getting their license, anyone age 21 or under cannot transport passengers unless they are siblings, the driver’s children, or a spouse.

The last restriction that is part of this legislation is nighttime driving for teens. If a teenage driver (18 or under) is unsupervised, they must not be driving between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday nights, or 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Exceptions to nighttime driving will be made for:

  • Going to and from work
  • Traveling from a school event
  • Or traveling from a religious gathering

We know that many teens may be disappointed in the new restrictions, but they are for the safety of everyone on the road while these new drivers are learning their way behind the wheel.

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Learning to drive can be a scary thing for many teens, especially if they are involved in an accident early on. If your teenager sustained an injury in their accident, our motor vehicle accident attorneys may be able to assist you in recovering damages for the injury and pending medical bills. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.

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