Great Hang Up: Talking to your kids about riding with provisional drivers

10:21 AM, Feb 6, 2013   |    comments
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GREAT HANG UP: It's never too soon to talk to kids about who they ride with.

That's the plea from local mother Leanna Clegg who lost her 14 year-old son Hunter in a car accident in which a provisional driver was behind the wheel.

A more recent crash involving a driver with a provisional license who rolled an SUV in Auburn, has renewed efforts to make people aware of graduated drivers license  (GDL) requirements in California. The wreck claimed the lives of two teenage girls, and injured four other individuals in the vehicle, including the provisional driver.

Officer Adrian Quintero with the California Highway Patrol says the law states for the first 12 months after getting a license, drivers cannot operate a vehicle between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.. Also, nobody under the age of 20 can be in the car with a provisional driver. He says parents need to know the rules and enforce them.

Automobile Club of America studies show passengers in the vehicle with new drivers under the age of 18 can double the risk of a fatal accident.

Impact Teen Drivers has a video about GDL requirements for parents and teens to watch.

GDL rules are also on the back of a permit or provisional license if you want to review.

It may help to talk about an exit strategy with your kids if they get in the car with a driver under age 18.

There are some exception to GDL rules for hardship and the Department of Motor Vehicles has details.



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