Now begins the discussions of when can he drive, where can he drive, never mind WHAT will he drive. We only have two cars at this time so I'm sure this is going to create many happy occasions of "why can't I take the car".
Personally I believe Patrick was extremely motivated to get his license this past week as Meg is old enough to get her permit so the race was on, at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Our school system no longer teaches drivers ed so it is up to us parents to teach our kids to drive. On a funny note they can take a Driver's Education class online! Go figure.
With having a licensed 18yr and a 15yr old days away from her learner's permit I was curious how different the driving requirements were around the country. Well my head must have been in the sand on this one as I completely missed hearing anything about the STANDUP ACT. For those of you fellow ostriches:
• A 3-stage licensing process (learner’s permit and intermediate stage before unrestricted driver’s license);
• A prohibition on unsupervised nighttime driving during the learner’s permit and intermediate stages
• A passenger restriction during the learner’s permit and intermediate stage (no more than 1 non-familial passenger under the age of 21 unless a licensed driver over 21 years of age is in the vehicle)
• A prohibition on non-emergency use of cell phones and other communication devices, including text messaging, during the learner’s permit and intermediate stages;
• Age 16 for issuance of learner’s permit and full licensure at age 18;
• Any other requirement adopted by the Secretary of Transportation, including learner’s permit holding period at least 6 months; intermediate stage at least 6 months; at least 30 hours behind-the-wheel, supervised driving by licensed driver 21 years of age or older; automatic delay of full licensure if permit holder commits an offense, such as DWI, misrepresentation of true age, reckless driving, unbelted driving, speeding, or other violations as determined by the Secretary.
Should this bill pass in the state of Florida that following would change:
- Applicants must be 16 instead of 15 when applying for their learner's permit
- would restrict the number of non-family passengers to 1 until driver is 21
- restriction on use of cell-phones for non-emergency situations.