John Baldacci signed legislation May 28 that implements a graduated
licensing system for teens.
the new law, young drivers are required to earn their driver’s licenses
one step at a time. The three-step system includes a learner’s permit,
intermediate license and unrestricted license.
the learner’s permit stage, a young driver will not be allowed to
use a cell phone. They also won’t be permitted to drive without
being accompanied by a licensed driver at least 20 years of age.
two, the intermediate license, prohibits driving between midnight
and 5 a.m., no non-family passengers unless supervised by an older
licensed driver and no driving while chatting on a cell phone.
final stage is an unrestricted license, which has no driving restrictions,
but there are mandatory suspensions for moving violations.
new law is scheduled to take effect by mid-September.