A New York law that took effect this month reduces the number of passengers youthful drivers are allowed to have in the car and increases supervised driving hours. If you're under the age of 21 in New York, you will now only be allowed to have one other non-family passenger in your car.
The law also requires you to log 50 hours of supervised driving before you can schedule a road test (previously the law required 20 hours) – and 15 of those 50 hours must take place after sunset, according to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.
Lack of driving experience contributes to high crash rates for teens. Motor vehicle crashes remain one of the leading causes of death among 15- to 20-year-olds, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III).
I can understand the motives behind increasing the number of supervised hours a teen must log before taking a driver's test. However, restricting their number of passengers seems unfair. Once a teen earns his or her driver's license, the driving privileges that apply to them should be equal to anybody else with a driver's license. Are you telling me that an 18-year-old is mature enough to die for our country but not allowed to drive two friends to the movies?
I've read claims that a teen driver's chance of getting into a fatal accident doubles when a teen passenger is in the car. With three or more passengers, the risk reportedly quadruples. But I've read a lot of claims about many things. I'm not convinced that limiting the number of passengers is an effective law. Whatever happened to carpooling?