New Year Rings In New Laws For NC Teen Drivers

By: April Davis/ Carly Swain
By: April Davis/ Carly Swain

The DMV says drivers going for their level 2 license have to complete 60 hours of driving with a supervisor, and they have to log every hour of it. Fewer hours are required for the level three license: 12 hours- half of them at night. Beyond the logging- harsher rules for teens who speed more than 15 over the limit or if they ever hit 80 miles an hour or more. Those speeding charges, reckless driving, or aggressive driving can land 18 and under drivers behind bars.

"You will be arrested. That means we will put handcuffs on you. You'll be transported to the magistrate's office. We've had 16 or 17-year-olds that have more than one ticket, and apparently they're not learning from that experience," said L. Alvarado with the Highway Patrol.

The new laws go into effect January 1st.

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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    Had a conversation about this a day or so ago and the insurance guy said "We wouldn't want to take them off the road, we enjoy overbilling the insurance." - thought if was funny(worst part is that it is true).
  • by TEEN 'S MOM Location: Pitt on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:27 AM
    This law is so wrong. But, I do understand. The thing that bothers me. Is their is no punishment for adult drivers who speed and or very reckless speeding and worse. Example: I was allowing my 16 year old daughter to drive us home on 264 to Washington. So, many adults and I do mean adults. Fly up behind her and ride her bumper. Blowing the horn and making threaten gestures. She was driving the speed limit. That wasn't good enough. When they could get around her that where sticking their middle finger at her and then they would try to cut her off and slam on breaks. Many times she has almost ended hurt. I have been with her and I see it all the time. But, the adults get away with it. Seems they have a double standard for the adult's versus teens. If it was your child driving and someone did that to them . How would you act? I have another daughter who is learning to drive. I'm terrified of letting my girls drive. Not, because they are reckless, careless or speeding. Its because of the adults who have no respect for anyone who is in their way. Think before you drive. There are other peoples children on the road. Besides your own. Look at for them. Slow down. Slow down. The new law should be for everyone regardless of the age. If you drive you have to be held accountable. Don't place such a harsh punishment on teen drivers when the adults are just as at fault.
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      by Shine on Jan 3, 2012 at 07:01 AM in reply to TEEN 'S MOM
      Totally agree Teen's mom!!!!
  • by Teens mom on Jan 1, 2012 at 04:04 AM
    Kids learning to drive need more than 6 hours behind the wheel with an instructor in drivers ed! If part of their training involved riding on an ambulance to pick up accident victims they'd see why they need to drive the speed limit. Politicians who makes these laws need to use common sense.
  • by Helen Location: Greenville on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:19 PM
    Are high schools distributing these changes to students and sending home the information? My dad sat us down and got our attention when we became licensed drivers. He said, "If you can read, there is no excuse for a speeding ticket. If you get a ticket, you will pay it, you will pay all of the insurance from that moment on and any increase that may occur due to your stupidity. If you cannot pay it, I will park your car and take your keys until you can." We never got a speeding ticket.
  • by Midnight Location: Washington on Dec 31, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Reading some of the comments people have posted are very true, but they need to go back and read the story. I think the driving age should be raised. Putting a 14 1/2 year old behind a wheel? Come on. They should not be allowed to take drivers ed. until 16. Logging their driving hours will not help make the roads any safer. Log books can lie.
  • by Stephen Location: Wilson on Dec 31, 2011 at 07:34 AM
    Mr. C-HAD You are missing the point. Expired tag, no one wearing a seat belt, including the children. Illegal or not they should be stopped and questioned. If I was driving such a vehicle I would be stopped within five miles, searched, questioned, asked to prove my identity. I'm over 50 years old. Lived in this area my whole life. It's not hard for me to remember what nationalities where here the first 25 years and who I see today. Socerer no, logical yes.
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      by see -HAD on Jan 2, 2012 at 06:16 AM in reply to Stephen
      You cannot look illegal is my point.If you do not put your child in a car seat you are sorry and shouldnt have children.
  • by Michell Location: Washington on Dec 31, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    I agree that there should be a punishment for excessive speeding, such as revocation of the person's license. That is the only way teenagers will learn to correctly monitor their speed. My parents cured me of my excessive speeding when I had my provisional license. I think, like others, that the log will be falsified. No parent is going to want to accurately log this driving time any more than the teenager will want to do it. And taking a teenager to jail is a little too harsh. Adult drivers don't even get jailed for going 15 mph over the speed limit.
  • by Stephen Location: Wilson on Dec 30, 2011 at 10:57 PM
    I'm sick of any new law when the old ones are not enforced. We have to many laws! I've seen vehicles with expired tags, no one wearing a seat belt including the kids being driven by what appears to be illegals. I would guess they don't have insurance either. If I can see them why doesn't law enforcement? My son will be driving soon. We will try to follow all the new rules but I don't doubt for a moment if he does something wrong he will be stopped, searched, fined and maybe inprisoned by the letter of the law. I just wish everyone was treated equally. It's all about the money and who can pay.
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      by C-HAD on Dec 31, 2011 at 04:21 AM in reply to Stephen
      Just exactly how does one "appear" to be illegal? You must be some kind of sorcerer to tell they dont have insurance,even.I sure wouldnt want you on a jury judging me seeing how you know everything about everything with just a glance.(you think.....)
  • by CJ Location: Pitt on Dec 30, 2011 at 05:47 PM
    I agree that the teens need to slow down, but we have adults doing the same things! As far as the having to record hours driven, anyone can fake that so its just stupied.
  • by a parent in NC on Dec 30, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    What's the big deal???? Kids want to act like adults, now they are going to get a taste of what being an adult is about. There are consequences when you don't follow the rules. How is it revenue if parents are teaching their children to obey the law?
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