Teen drivers in Virginia are governed by certain restrictions which are not intended to punish them rather a motivation for them to recognize the value of safety while they are acquiring driving experience that are of value. Studies proved that such restrictions have gone a long way to decrease the number of car accident among young drivers.
1.Curfew restrictions: Under the age of 18, drivers are prohibited by Virginia law to driving starting midnight to 4:00 o’clock in the morning; with the following exceptions – (1) to or from workplace when employed; (2) to or from an event with adult supervision or activities sponsored by school or by a civic, religious, or public organization; (3) accompanied by spouse, age 18, with license or older, parent or other adult guardian who is occupying the front passenger seat; and (4) in emergency cases as answering an emergency call or as firefighter volunteer or personnel of a rescue squad.
2. Restrictions on the number of passengers: Under the age of 18 are allowed to carry only one passenger under the age of 21, unless accompanied by a licensed parent, or adult guardian who is occupying the front passenger seat. However, drivers 18 years and above who have held their license for a year or more can carry up to three passengers under age 21 in the following condition: (1) travelling to and from an activity sponsored by the school; (2) licensed driver of 21 or older can have a front passenger seat; or (3) in the presence of emergency.
If you are under age 18 and you are allowed to carry only one passenger under age 18 for the first year after issuance of your license; however, after you have held your license for one year, you may carry up to three passengers under age 18.
Passenger restrictions do not apply to family members and are lifted when you turn 18. Those with learner permits may not carry more than one passenger under age.
3. Cell phone/wireless telecom device restrictions: The cell telephone law of Virginia does not allow the use mobiles while driving, regardless if such device is or is not hand-held. A cell phone or any other telecommunications device for a driver is only allowed during emergency after the vehicle is lawfully parked or stopped.
Driver’s license gives teens a lot of freedom. But, it also brings new responsibilities for the holder to fulfill. Commonwealth of Virginia’s constitution does not look upon driving as a right. It comes from the parents who grant their children the privilege of driving. If this privilege is abused, it may be revoked or taken away. It is important that young people know and obey traffic rules and that all will become drivers who have the responsibility to keep the road safe so they will know how to share the roadway with other motorists.
Driving is complicated activity and this holds true even for the most expert drivers. For young drivers, it is especially difficult and can be deadly. In fact, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons between the ages of 15 and 20.
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Source: DMV Virginia Gov
Source: Virginia Rules Com