ALABAMA, USA — Spring break is just around the corner for most Alabama students, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) says they expect heavier-than-usual traffic during this time.
Due to the expected increase in traffic, ALEA is encouraging all drivers, particularly teen drivers and their parents, to make highway safety a priority.
ALEA encourages parents to plan and discuss travel issues with their teen drivers before spring break, as well as the importance of driving safety.
Parents are encouraged to go over traffic laws with teens, especially if they are planning on traveling with teenage friends. It's a good time to remind teens to buckle up, focus on the road, and avoid distractions relating to social media and texting while driving. Also remind teens to follow speed limits and other traffic laws.
ALEA has a few tips for parents and teens to keep in mind:
Before allowing your teens to travel - Review Alabama’s Graduated Driver License law, a three-stage licensing process that places certain restrictions on young drivers to ensure they acquire experience behind the wheel before driving without supervision or restrictions:
Stage I (learner’s permit): A teen is authorized to drive when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older who is occupying the front passenger seat.
Stage II (restricted license): A teen age 16 or 17 who has passed the road skills test may drive without supervision, but he or she must not have more than one passenger in the vehicle other than parents, legal guardians or family members; must not use any handheld communication devices while driving; must not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older with a parent or legal guardian’s consent. (Exceptions on time restriction include driving to or from events sponsored by a school or religious organization, or going to or from a place of employment.)
Stage III (unrestricted license): A teen age 17 who has held a Stage II license for six months or longer may obtain an unrestricted license. Anyone who is age 18 or older may bypass the first two stages and obtain a Stage III license after passing the road skills test.
You can find more information about driver licenses on ALEA's website here.
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