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Parents Support Changes to Ohio Teen Driving Laws

DAYTON -- The leading cause of death for people aged 16-20 is car crashes. Some parents have already written the legislation in their home when it comes to the teen drivers.

"She's 16 and she has to be in the house by 11," said parent Kit Sinnathamby.

But soon all teens may have to follow stricter rules in Ohio. Right now the House is considering legislation that will set a 10:00 p.m. nighttime driving restriction for newly licensed 16- and 17-year-old drivers.

The law would also limit the number of passengers these drivers can carry during the first year of driving to one; and that passenger must be at least 21 years old.  Exceptions would be made for family members or if a parent or guardian is present in the vehicle.

"What we're trying to do is protect our team drivers and quite frankly protect everyone that's driving because let's remember that teens don't just sit other teams in a crash they can hit anyone that's out on the road," said AAA senior vice president Ray Keyton.

According to a new AAA survey, Ohio parents support stricter nighttime and passenger restrictions for teen drivers.

  • Ninety percent of parents surveyed supported a 10pm nighttime driving restriction for 16 and 17-year old newly licensed teens; including exemptions for work and school travel.
  • Eighty percent of parents supported passenger restrictions for newly licensed 17-year olds; limiting them to one passenger with the exception of family members.  Currently, 17-year olds can have as many passengers as seat belts in the vehicle.

The survey is part of AAA's effort to improve Ohio's Graduated Driver Licensing system.

"I think it's a good idea kids might rebel against it a little bit but I think it's a good idea it will keep them safer," said Sinnathamby.

"I agree with it," said her son Evan. "If they're not very responsible they shouldn't be out after 10 but if they're responsible I think it's okay."

"Less people in the car less distraction for the driver and is there really a need for them to be out past 10 not necessarily," said Kit.

The bill would exclude teens driving to and from school and work related activities. 

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