Level 2 Driver's License http://michiganradio.org en New restrictions for young drivers take effect http://michiganradio.org/post/new-restrictions-young-drivers-take-effect <p>Buckle up, kiddos!</p><p>A new law restricting Level 2 driver&#39;s license holders (basically, first year drivers who have passed their driving test) goes into effect today.</p><p>The restrictions include:</p><ul><li><strong>Drivers cannot carry more than one passenger below the age of 21 unless they are family members</strong></li><li><strong>Drivers cannot drive after 10 p.m. or before 5 a.m. Exceptions include going to and from work, and driving when accompanied by a parent, guardian or other adult (21 years and older).</strong></li></ul><p>The <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20110330/METRO05/103300407/1361/Michigan-s-stricter-teen-driver-law-starts-today">Detroit News</a> has more:</p><blockquote><p>Listen up, teenage drivers: Starting today, some of you will be driving less and with fewer pals in the car because of two big changes to Michigan&#39;s Graduated Driver Licensing Law...</p><p>The more teens in a vehicle, the greater the chance of a crash, according to the Office of Highway Safety Planning, a division of the Michigan State Police.</p><p>According to the 2009 Michigan Traffic Crash fact sheet, younger drivers &quot;were less likely to be alone in their car at the time of the crash,&quot; with 169 people ages 16-24 killed and nearly 18,000 injured.</p><p>&quot;Studies have shown for teen drivers, the crash risk increases exponentially for each additional passenger, but parents seem unaware of the dangers associated with passengers and nighttime driving,&quot; said Michael L. Prince, director of the Office of Highway Safety Planning. &quot;The new requirements and the awareness campaign will go a long way in improving teen driving safety.&quot;</p><p>AAA of Michigan is on board with the new changes, according to Jack Peet, traffic safety manager.</p><p>&quot;This new law will help strengthen the graduated licensing approach where teens gain more driving privileges as they get older and acquire more experience,&quot; Peet said.</p><p>&quot;Many studies have shown that limiting the number of teen passengers in a vehicle driven by a teen or novice driver helps make them safer.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Before today, Level 2 drivers were allowed to stay on the roads until midnight.</p><p>-Brian Short, <em>Michigan Radio News</em> Wed, 30 Mar 2011 18:09:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1850 at http://michiganradio.org New restrictions for young drivers take effect