By NATHAN SHUTACK
They also had to pass their driver’s test. When it comes down to it, the law is handing them a license, telling them that they are allowed to legally drive but now they are giving junior drivers more restrictions. If this is the case, why even give them a junior license at all. Why not just make them keep their permit.
By HANNAH BRANT
Pennsylvania lawmakers recently passed stricter laws and guidelines for permitted drivers and drivers with a junior licenses. The law comes with many stipulations and rules. One of the most stringent rules is an individual with a junior license is only permitted to have a certain number of passengers. I agree with this specific rule but I think it is a little bit too strict.
Driving with a lot of people in a car can be very distracting but not all of the time. I find that it is easier to drive with one or two other people in the car with me because I have an extra set of eyes to follow the road. I feel safer when I have someone helping me see the road and look for any oncoming traffic.
By EMILY ST. CLAIR
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Act 81 took effect on Dec. 27. This act limits the number of passengers a junior driver may transport in a vehicle to three passengers under the age of 18. The purpose of putting this act into action was to eliminate distractions for inexperienced junior drivers. In my opinion, the act will achieve its goal and make driving conditions safer for junior drivers.
This act also does not permit junior drivers to have more than one passenger under the age of 18 present in the car for the first six months after receiving a junior license (with exceptions of immediate family members) unless a parent or guardian is present in the vehicle.
Passengers do cause many distractions and the more passengers in a vehicle, the more likely distractions occur, especially when they are capricious youth. Act 81 will help keep junior drivers, passengers, and other drivers on the road safe.
By EMILY PYLE
I somewhat agree with the number of passengers in a car with a junior driver. However, statistics, according to www.rmiia.org have shown that 16- and 17-year-old driver death rates increase with each additional passenger.
The part I don’t agree with is the fact that only one passenger that isn’t a relative can ride with a junior driver. It sort of perplexed me because it shouldn’t matter if they’re a relative or not, it’s still another passenger in the automobile with the junior driver.
An example of this situation would be that a junior driver has one friend as a passenger, and the three others were relatives. Does that automatically mean that the junior driver isn’t going to be distracted, or less likely to wreck? I think not.