Fewer and fewer teens in Shafter and Lamont are heading to a nearby DMV
Office on their 16th birthdays to pick up their new drivers’ licenses.
According to the government, fewer than 1.1 million Americans 16 and under
have a driver’s license. That’s the
lowest figure since the 1960s, when the population was far smaller. Some observers point
to a combination of a tight economy and the rise of social media. Many
families cannot afford to buy a car for a teen, and many teens do not
have the money for gas. Additionally, many teens do not feel the need
to physically connect with each other as much, since texting is so much easier.
Car crashes are still the leading cause of death for teenagers, although
the number has plummeted since graduated licensing laws came along in
the 1990s and 2000s.
Teen Driver Laws in California
In a bygone era, part of the drivers’ license acquisition process
involved packing as many friends as possible into the vehicle and driving
in a borderline unsafe manner to a destination that was not within walking distance.
But, for better or worse, the thrill is gone. In 1998, California became
one of the first states to institute a
graduated drivers’ license that basically applies to drivers and potential drivers between 15 and
19. For the first 12 months, new teen drivers cannot have a passenger
under 20 or drive at night without a supervising driver that is at least 25.
Furthermore, the cell phone laws are primary laws, meaning that an officer
can pull over a driver for nothing other than a cell phone violation.
In California, it is illegal for minors to use any
cell phone for talking or texting; adult drivers may talk on cell phones if they
Getting Legal Help
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