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					          Safety Tips for Parents and Laws for Young Teen Drivers
With tighter restrictions on teen drivers and
tougher penalties, we hope teen drivers and
                                                           ing ability and increases the risk of a crash. Be
                                                           a good role model: Don’t drink and drive, and
                                                                                                                  Passenger Restrictions
                                                                                                                  For the entire time a driver holds a learner’s permit,
                                                                                                                                                                                 For All Learner’s Permit and 16- and
their parents or guardians will understand the             reinforce this message with your teens.                he	or	she	may	not	have	any	passengers	except	for	              17-year-old licensed drivers
serious responsibilities that come with getting a                                                                 either:                                                        They	may	NOT:
Connecticut driver’s license.                           • Teach Your Teen About Distracted Driving:               	 •	A	licensed	driving	instructor	giving	instruction		         	 •	Transport	more	passengers	than	the	number	of
                                                        	 Talking	on	the	phone	or	with	passengers,	texting,		         and others accompanying that instructor.                      seatbelts in the vehicle.
                                                          dialing radio stations, unrestrained pets and other
Managing Your Teen’s Driving                              distracting activities in the car increase the
                                                                                                                      •	One	person	who	is	providing	instruction	and	is
                                                                                                                      at least 20 years old, has held a driver’s license
                                                                                                                                                                                 	 •	Operate	any	vehicle	that	requires	a	public		
                                                                                                                                                                                    passenger transportation permit or a vanpool
Experience                                                risk of a serious crash.                                    for four or more consecutive years and whose                  vehicle.
                                                                                                                      license has not been suspended during the four             	 •	Use	a	cell	phone	(even	if	it	is	hands-free)	or		
The DMV Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on            • Vehicle Selection Matters: Avoid having your                years prior to training. Parents or legal guardian            other mobile electronic devices while driving.
Teen Safe Driving Wants Parents to Know:                  teen drive high performance vehicles or older               may accompany the instructor.                              	 •	Transport	any	passenger	on	a	motorcycle	for
                                                          model vehicles that lack improved safety tech-                                                                         	 six	months	after	the	issuance	of	a	motorcycle
                                                          nologies.
• Crashes Kill Teens: Motor vehicle crashes
  are the #1 cause of death for 15-19 year-                                                                       For Newly Licensed 16- and 17- Year                               endorsement.
  old teenagers. Most teen crashes occur dur-           • Financial Liability: Make your teen aware of
                                                        	 the	financial	consequences	of	a	crash	or	a	cita-	       Old Drivers                                                    Drivers 16-and 17-years old and each of their pas-
                                                                                                                                                                                 sengers	are	required	to	wear	a	seat	belt.	If	either	the
	 ing	the	first	two	years	of	having	their	license.		                                                              Curfew
	 The	first	six	months	are	most	dangerous	for	the		       tion, including higher family insurance rates and                                                                      driver or the passenger fails to wear the seat belt,
                                                        	 liability	for	injuries	or	damage.                       11 p.m. to 5 a.m. - unless the teen is traveling for
  newly-licensed teen. Provide as much                                                                            employment, school, religious activities, medical              each	could	be	cited	for	a	seat	belt	violation	and	fined	
  supervised practice as you can during the                                                                       necessity, or if the individual is an assigned driver          $75.
  licensing period.                                     • Know Connecticut Teen Driving Laws: The
                                                        	 teen	driving	laws	are	explained	in	this	brochure.		     in the Safe Ride Program.
• Brain Development: Research shows that the              More information, including teens-talking-to-                                                                          48-Hour License Suspension for Cer-
  portion of the brain that assesses risk and danger      teens videos created as part of the DMV teen safe
                                                          driving video contest, can be found at
                                                                                                                  Passenger Restrictions
                                                                                                                  During the first six months the newly licensed                 tain Violations
  does not fully develop until the mid 20’s. Teens                                                                                                                               16- or 17-year-olds who commit certain moving
	 are	risk-takers,	lacking	the	experience,	judgment		     ct.gov/teendriving.                                     driver may not have any passengers in the vehicle
                                                                                                                  except for:                                                    violations will have their drivers’ licenses seized
  and maturity to recognize many potentially haz-                                                                                                                                by	a	police	officer	and	will	be	suspended	for	48	
  ardous situations.                                    •	 Get Involved: Be a role model. Establish your              •	A	licensed	driving	instructor;
                                                        	 own	household	rules	and	consequences.	Stick		                                                                          hours.	In	addition,	the	police	officer	is	authorized	to	
                                                                                                                      OR                                                         remove the vehicle from the scene.
• Passenger Restrictions: Enforce at home state            to them no matter the hassle you receive from          	 •	His	or	her	parents	or	legal	guardian,	at	least		
                                                           your teens. Your determination could save their                                                                       The	driver’s	license	will	be	held	for	that	48-hour
  laws on passenger restrictions. Crash risk goes                                                                 	 one	of	whom	holds	a	valid	driver’s	license;	OR               period.	In	order	to	regain	possession	of	the	license
  up when teens drive with other teens in the car.         lives.                                                 	 •	One	person	who	is	at	least	20	years	old,	has		             after	the	48-hour	period,	the	teen	and	his	or	her	
  This risk also increases with the number of                                                                         held a driver’s license for four or more con-              parent or legal guardian must go to the police depart-
  passengers, whether siblings, family or friends, in   For Learner’s Permit Holders                                  secutive years and whose license has not been              ment and sign a written statement acknowledging
  the vehicle.                                          Required Tests                                                suspended during the four years preceding the              the license has been returned.
                                                        1.	Applicants	need	to	pass	a	25-question	knowledge            time of being transported. Parents or legal
• Restrict Night Driving: Fatal crashes are             test to obtain a permit.                                      guardian may accompany the instructor.
  more likely to occur at night. Young drivers are      2. Applicants need to pass a road skills test to obtain   During the second six months (months seven                     Driver Retraining
  at higher risk for drowsy driving, which causes       a license.                                                through twelve) the only additional passengers                 Certain offenses will trigger participation in the
  thousands of crashes each year. Enforce the state                                                               allowed in the vehicle are members of the driver’s             driver retraining program. Anyone age 24 or young-
  curfew.                                               Training Requirements                                     immediate family.                                              er who commits two or more moving violations
                                                        New permit holders need at least 40 hours of behind-                                                                     or suspension violations must complete the DMV-
• It’s the Law - Require Your Teen to Buckle            the-wheel training before applying for their driver’s     (Please Note: These passenger and curfew restrictions do       certified	driver	retraining	program.	After	completing	
  Up: Teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use.       license.                                                  not apply to active members of a volunteer fire company        the operator retraining program, anyone becoming
  The simplest way to prevent car crash deaths and      New permit holders need to complete an eight-hour         or department, a volunteer ambulance service or compa-         a repeat offender within 36 months faces a license
	 serious	injuries	is	to	buckle	up.                     safe driving course. Also, parents or legal guardians     ny, or an emergency medical service organization who are       suspension.
                                                        are	required	to	complete	a	two-hour	class	with	the        responding to an emergency call or carrying out duties as
• No Drinking and Driving: Connecticut has              permit holder concerning teen driving laws.               an active member, or if the individual is an assigned driver
  a Zero-Tolerance Law for teens drinking and                                                                     in the Safe Ride Program.)
  driving. Even one drink impairs a teen’s driv-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Safety Tips and Laws
Drinking and Driving                                         Mandatory Suspensions for 16- and 17-Year-Old Drivers
Administrative Per Se Penalties
The administrative license suspension for a 16- or

                                                                                                                                                                                                    That Parents and
17-year-old	who	drives	under	the	influence	of	
alcohol will be at least one year if he or she had an       The	following	explains	the	suspension	violations	for	16-	and	17-year-old	drivers.	DMV	will	suspend	the	
elevated	blood	alcohol	content	equal	to	or	over	.02.	       driver’s license or learner’s permit of a 16- or 17-year-old for any conviction of violating a teen driving


                                                                                                                                                                                                  Their 16 - Year Old
If	the	16-	or	17-year-old	refuses	to	submit	to	the	test,	   restriction,	speeding,	reckless	driving,	street	racing	or	using	a	cell	phone	or	text	messaging	device	while	
the	suspension	will	be	18	months.	This	law	applies	         driving.
to both public roads and private property.




                                                                                                                                                                                                          17 - Drivers
Youthful Offender Status                                          VIOLATION                        1ST	OFFENSE                   2ND	OFFENSE                         3RD	OFFENSE
                                                                                                                                                                                                    and
Someone	under	18	who	commits	the	following	can-
not be considered a youthful offender:                       Graduated	Driver’s	License       30-day license suspension,      (For	all	2nd	and	subsequent	
	 •	Negligent	homicide	with	a	motor	vehicle.                 (GDL)	violations	under           $175 license restoration fee,   offenses)	


                                                                                                                                                                                                     Should Know
	 •	Evading	responsibility	following	an	accident		           §14-36g(a)	including:            court	fines.                    6-month license suspension
	 that	results	in	a	death	or	serious	injury.                 Passenger	restrictions;	Driv-                                    or	until	age	18,	whichever	is	
	 •	Driving	under	the	influence	of	alcohol	or		              ing	curfew;	Operating	public	                                    longer;	$175	license	restoration	
                                                             service	vehicle	or	vanpool;	                                     fee,	court	fines.
    drugs.                                                   More passengers than seat
                                                             belts;	Carrying	passengers	                                                                                                                   ct.gov/teendriving
Any	youth	adjudicated	as	a	youthful	offender	for	the	        on	a	motorcycle	less	than	six	
following offenses shall have their records disclosed        months after obtaining a
to DMV for the purposes of imposing a driver’s               motorcycle	endorsement;
license suspension:
	 •	Reckless	driving.                                        USE OF CELL PHONE/               30-day license suspension,      90-day license suspension,          6-month license suspension,
	 •	Operating	while	under	suspension.                        TEXT MESSAGING                   $175 license restoration fee,   $175 license restoration fee,       $175 license restoration fee,
	 •	Evading	responsibility	following	an	accident             §14-296aa                        court	fines.                    court	fines.                        court	fines
	 involving	property	damage	or	physical	injury.
	 •	Street	racing.
	 •	Disregarding	a	police	officer’s	signal	to	stop.          SPEEDING                         60-day license suspension,      90-day license suspension,          6-month license suspension,
                                                             (more	than	20	mph	over	speed	    $175 license restoration fee,   $175 license restoration fee,       $175 license restoration fee,
For more detailed information on the new driving             limit)	                          court	fines.                    court	fines.                        court	fines.
laws, visit the DMV Center for Teen Safe Driving at          §14-219
ct.gov/teendriving.
                                                             RECKLESS DRIVING                 6-month license suspension,     1-year suspension,                  1-year suspension,
                                                             §14-222	(a)                      $175 license restoration fee,   $175 license restoration fee,       $175 license restoration fee,
This brochure provided is supported by:                                                       court	fines	or	imprisonment	    court	fines	or	imprisonment	        court	fines	or	imprisonment	
                                                                                              of not more than 30 days, or    of not more than one year, or       of not more than one year, or
                                                                                              both.                           both.                               both.



                                                             STREET RACING                    6-month suspension,             1-year suspension,                  1-year suspension,
                                                             §14-224(c)                       $175 license restoration fee,   $175 license restoration fee,       $175 license restoration fee,
                                                                                              court	fines	or	imprisonment	    court	fines	or	imprisonment	        court	fines	or	imprisonment	
                                                                                              of not more than 1 year, or     of not more than 1 year, or         of not more than 1 year, or
                                                                                              both.                           both.                               both.




                                                                                                                                                                                                    S T A T E O F C O N N E C T I C U T
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Revised November 2011

				
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