new law in Connecticut places tougher requirements on teens who
want to get a learner’s permit and restricts younger drivers once
they have their license.
was passed by both houses of the General Assembly and signed into
law by Gov. John Rowland, making it Public Act 03-171.
new law strengthens driver training and education requirements for
those who hold driver’s permits and for teens who apply for a motor
vehicle operator's license.
example, a permit holder could not drive a car unless an adult at
least 20 years old who has held a driver’s license for four years
or more is in the car.
to receive a driver’s license, an applicant must be at least 16,
have held a learner’s permit for at least 180 days, have successfully
completed a state-certified driver’s education course and have completed
a course on the dangers of drinking and driving. The teen must also
pass both a written and on-the-road test on driving skills.
new restrictions don’t end once the teen has his or her license.
in October, for the first three months a 16- and 17-year-old driver
holds a license, that driver cannot transport anyone other than
his or her parent or guardian. For three months after that, the
driver’s passengers are limited to immediate family members.