Teen Driving Laws
A Provisional License
After you pass your DMV road test, you can drive solo without supervision; however, during the first 12 months of licensing, there will be restrictions on your provisional license:
- You can’t drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
- You can’t have any passengers under 20 years old in your car, unless you’re with a licensed driver over 25 years old.
- Drivers younger than 18 – are prohibited from all cell phone use.
Under the Influence
- Only drive sober, drug free and well rested (this includes prescription medications).
- Only ride in a car with someone who is sober, drug/alcohol free and is well rested (this includes prescription medications).
- Call a parent if you are in a situation where you feel it is unsafe to drive, or unsafe to ride with someone else.
- Driving under the influence before the age of 21 is an automatic license suspension of 1 year, mandatory community service, driving defense school, insurance rate increases and fines regardless of toxicity level.
Distractions-Cell Phones and Texting
- All California drivers are prohibited from using handheld cell phones while driving.
- All California drivers are prohibited from texting.
- If you need to use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location away from traffic before using a phone.
- Participate in safe and proper behavior that keeps you focused on the road and free from all distractions.
- Create a plan to eliminate distractions (put your cell phone in the glove box).
- Wear your safety belt at all times. It is illegal to ride in a car without your safety belt on.
- Only ride in a vehicle as a passenger while being buckled up.
- Only ride in a vehicle where the driver and other passengers are buckled up.
- ALWAYS obey the posted speed limit.
- Consider the weather and road conditions and adjust your speed appropriately.
- Follow safe driving practices and avoid tailgating, speeding, weaving in and out of traffic or participating in any aggressive or reckless driving behavior.
- Only drive when you are calm and emotionally controlled. Only be a passenger in a vehicle in which I feel comfortable or safe.