Sunday, October 29, 2000
New driver laws in the Tristate
Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana laws all require new drivers to successfully pass various road-safety stages before becoming fully licensed:
At 15 1/2, a teen can get a temporary permit. He can practice driving as long as a licensed parent or guardian sits in the front seat.
At 16, a teen can test for a probationary license, if he has had a temporary permit for six months and can prove he has completed 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a parent.
He also must have completed 24 hours in a driver's ed class and eight hours behind the wheel with an instructor.
The probationary license prohibits 16-year-olds from driving from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. unless they're with a parent, driving to or from work or school, or in an emergency. Passengers are limited to the number of seat belts in the vehicle. There's a 90-day suspension for two moving violations and a one-year suspension for three moving violations.
At 17, the 1 a.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew can be lifted.
At 18, the probationary license can become a full license.
At 16, a teen can get a learner's permit if he's passing six of seven required school courses. He must wear a seat belt and have a licensed driver over 21 in the vehicle. He is not allowed to drive between midnight and 6 a.m.
At 16 1/2, a teen can become fully licensed if he has had his permit at least 180 days and passed a four-hour class on graduate-licensing.
At 15, a teen can get a learner's permit once he is enrolled in a driver-instruction course. He can drive with an instructor or licensed parent or guardian in the front seat.
At 16 and 1 month, a teen can get a probationary license if he has had a permit for at least 60 days, no suspensions and certification from the instructor. For the first 90 days of probation, he is prohibited from having any passenger under 21, and everyone is required to wear a seat belt.
At 18, he can get a full license.
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