Graduated License Law in Effect

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

"I waited six months and apparently just barely squeezed by. But I did it," said Taylor Kenny.

Kenny says she is glad she was able to get her permit before the recent graduated driver's license law went into effect. After waiting six months she finally got her license. But her best friend will have to wait a year because she just turned 16.

"Her birthday actually is today and she's upset she has to wait a year to get her license. But I told her I'd drive her around," Kenny said.

Tammie Honeycutt, a driver's license examiner, says she sees about 75 percent of new drivers fail their exam. Under the new law, teens will have to have a permit for 180 days before applying for an intermediate license. Before they can get one of those they must present a statement, signed by a guardian, to state police stating the applicant has completed 60 hours of supervised training including ten hours at night, while accompanied by a fully-licensed person at least 21 years of age.

"I personally think it's a good idea because anybody who is just getting out here being reckless and not having any experience with their license is going to make them think twice before they get that ticket," Honeycutt said.

Moving violations will restrict drivers from completing the licensing process. Studies by the National Transportation Safety Board have shown that graduated license laws have reduced traffic accidents from 25 to 60 percent.

To view a summary of Kentucky’s New Graduated Licensing Law click here.

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