There will be a new law in effect very soon for the state of Michigan to protect teen drivers from themselves. A recent study shows that of the 846 fatal car crashes in Michigan 177 were caused by teen drivers. It is common knowledge that individuals under the age of 25 make less efficient decisions because there frontal lobe is not fully developed. Many car accidents can be avoided by making the right split second decisions. Decisions that these teen are not prepared mentally to make. The Michigan Teen Driving Law follows another law titled the “Michigan Super Drunk Law” emphasizing Michigan’s attempt to improve road safety.
This law includes a number of necessary provisions to protect teens until they are experienced enough to drive safely under various circumstances. The biggest change is teens cannot drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5a.m. This is obviously to protect them from the more difficult conditions when driving in the dark. It also protects them from drunk drivers, who have a tendency to be driving at night. There will be exceptions to this rule if the teens can prove they are driving after hours for work or religious related responsibilities. Teens will also be permitted to drive after hours they are with a parent, guardian, or licensed driver over the age of 21 years old.
Underage drivers will also be permitted from driving in a car carrying a certain number of passengers. Teens cannot drive with more than one passenger under the age of 21 except for a few exceptions. They can drive with multiple individuals if they are driving with family members or to and from a school sanctioned event. Teens not as likely to concede to peer pressure when there are less peers present. Young drivers will also be less distracted with a smaller amount of passengers present in the vehicle.
The goal is not send numerous teenagers to detention centers, although there will be penalties if these rules are neglected. The penalties if serious enough could induce a suspended license, but the most common punishment will be raised insurance rates. The reality is most teenagers will not be happy with more rules, but these rules are created to protect their lives. There are too many accidents with underage passengers and drivers involved. It is our responsibility to protect them and slowly introduce them to the driving world. The Michigan Teen Driving Law will confine teenagers driving habits until they have enough experience to drive safely.