While getting a driver's license is a major milestone for many American teenagers, there is a lot of confusion about what restrictions exist for teens while they’re learning. In Connecticut, our laws are designed to remind teenagers about the responsibilities they’ll face sharing the roads, and that starts with their Learner’s Permit.
The Connecticut Auto Accident Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm are well versed in the state's four learner’s permit restrictions for teen drivers. We've added a more detailed explanation to help you and any new teen driver understand the restrictions.
- Passenger - For the entire time a driver holds a learner’s permit, he or she may not have any passengers with two exceptions. The first exception is having a licensed driving instructor giving instruction, and others accompany that instructor. The second exception is one person who is providing instruction, and is at least 20 years old, has held a driver’s license for four or more consecutive years, and whose license has not been suspended during the four years prior to training. Parents or legal guardians may accompany the instructor.
- Curfew - While a curfew exists for new drivers once they have their license, there is no official curfew for teens with a learner’s permit. However, anyone with a learner’s permit but must be accompanied by a qualified trainer.
- Seatbelt - All passengers in the vehicle must use seat belts.
- Cell Phones - Teen drivers can not use their cellphones while driving at all. This includes any hand-held computer or other devices with a video display.
If you ever have a question about teen driving laws, or if you've been in an accident and have legal questions, you're welcome to call the Connecticut Auto Accident Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm anytime.