“Teen driver in deadly crash tests positive for opiates.” “Teen driver traveling 107 miles per hour involved in fatal crash.” “Three killed in crash involving two teens.” These are just a few of the startling number of news headlines reported in Ohio in the past year. Rates of teen-related driving accidents has increased dramatically. In 2016 alone there were 124 deaths attributed to teen-related accidents. In light of these accidents, Ohio has created a new bill slated as a way to help prevent future accidents, and it has some powerful backers.
Big names le AAA are throwing their weight behind Ohio’s new bill. The bill extends the permit time requirement for new drivers from six months to a year. Teens driving with a permit cannot drive without an adult between the hours of nine o’clock at night and six o’clock in the morning because statistics show those hours to be when 75% of all teen-related accidents occur. By limiting driving during the hours during which most crashes happen, Ohio hopes to increase the safety of everyone on the road and decrease the rate of accidents involving teens.
Many people agree that the rate of teen accidents is disturbing and that something should be done about it. But some believe that the bill is more of a money grab than an actual step towards progress. Though it’s supported by the AAA, the PTA, and a virtual alphabet soup of high-power agencies and associations, some aren’t so sure it’s the best idea. Some slate concerns about teens who have to work late and might not have parental transportation, those who have to drive during the “accompanied only” hours and don’t have the ability to take an adult, and other situations. Still more say that kids will likely disregard the law and drive if they want or need to, meaning they will be ticketed. Those who believe this feel that those who created the law know teens will drive anyway, rather out of necessity or out of desire, and they’re counting on the revenue from the new tickets that the law will allow them to issue. Most people are happy to see something being done, but many are concerned that a new law is not the answer.
If you’ve been affected by this law or a similar law, do you have any legal recourses? Can you get a ticket removed from your record as a teen? You can fight your ticket, and in many cases it’s a good idea to do so. Whether you’re the one who received the ticket or your child received a ticket that you feel was the result of an unfair law or judgement, it’s important to exercise your right to tell your side of the story. Not only do you want to keep your record clean for as long as possible, but you want to avoid hefty insurance rate increases, license suspensions, and other possible consequences you could incur. This is especially true for teen drivers who tend to be penalized more harshly if they obtain a ticket while driving with a permit.
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