My. sister. is. learning. to. drive.
I am scared. The good (and often short-tempered) people of Los Angeles should be scared. I was looking into some of the laws that are particularly relevant to young drivers and wanted to provide them to you and my sister. If you know anyone who is just starting to drive, make sure they know the consequences of these often done behaviors.
1) Don’t Drive Around Recklessly in an Abandoned Lot
In many states, anyone driving a vehicle in a parking facility or empty lot in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others is against the law. Many teens never think twice about doing this!
2) Don’t Street Race
Besides the obvious consequences and disregard for safety in drag racing, judges can suspend or restrict licenses for up to six months for first time offenders!
3) Don’t Be a Litter Bug
Yes, your mom will yell at you for throwing cups out the window, as well as a police officer. In many states you can get a misdeameanor or even a felony charge if you throw something out the window that could hurt or injure other drivers or pedestrians. And huge fines for this!
4) Give all of the Right Information After an Accident
You can get in big trouble for hit and runs, but also make sure to get and GIVE drivers license info, contact info, insurance info and registration or you could be fined too!
5) Don’t Leave Your License in Your Other Pants
Often times kids will leave wallets at home or in friends cars and then decide to take a short drive home—don’t! Always make sure you have your license on you.
6) Don’t Talk on the Phone
It is becoming illegal in more and more states to talk on the phone while driving.
7) If You Don’t Click It, You Will Get a Ticket
You must wear a seatbelt, don’t waste your allowance on a large fine because you didn’t feel like wearing a seatbelt was cool enough.
8) Don’t Leave Your Little Brother or Sister in the Car
Leaving children in the car with the keys in the ignition is illegal!
9) Road Rage Isn’t Just Poor Form
You can get your license suspended for six months if you are accused of road rage.
10) Don’t Smoke
It is illegal to smoke in a vehicle (parked or moving) if there are kids under the age of 18 in it!
11) Don’t Blare Your Music or Use Your Horn Annoyingly
You can get a ticket for loud music or blaring your horn in an unjustifiable situation…no honking at hot girls!
12) Don’t Put Anyone in Your Trunk
This includes in the back of open trunk SUV’s—major ticket and probably a license suspension.
Please add your state’s/country’s driving laws in the comments!