Teen Driving Law Changes

As of July 1, 2015 new laws will take effect concerning teen drivers in Indiana. First, all drivers under 21 will no longer be able to use any telecommunications device while behind the wheel. The only exception to this is calling 911 in case of an emergency.

Also, nighttime driving will be restricted for teen drivers 18 and under. Unsupervised drivers 18 and under must have their vehicles parked from 11:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday nights. In addition, there is no driving allowed between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The only exceptions would include work, school activities or a religious event.

There is some good news for teen drivers beginning July 1, 2015. All teens who have completed an approved driver’s education course are now eligible to get their probationary license when they are 16 years and 90 days. Before they would have had to wait until 180 days after their 16th birthday. To be eligible they will need to have completed 50 hours of supervised logged driving time and held a permit for at least 180 days.

Any teen driver must wait to begin their driver’s education course training until they have a driver education permit and be 15 years of age. If a teen chooses not to enroll in a driver education course, they must wait until they are 16 years and 270 days until they are eligible to obtain a probationary license.  CONTACT