RPD has seen an increase in the number of unsupervised student drivers on Roosevelt streets. Utah Law requires that a parent/legal guardian/ financially responsible adult occupy the seat beside any minor driving under a Learner Permit. If a minor is found to be driving illegally, the parents may be cited, the vehicle could be impounded, and insurance may not cover damages in the case of an accident. Please visit ZEROFATALITIES.COM/LEARNER-PERMIT for more information on Learner Permit regulations and how to help your child obtain their Driver's License. Drive safe!
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PARENTS, YOU ARE THE KEY TO YOUR TEEN DRIVER’S SAFETY.
Be involved. Did you know that research has shown that involved parents who set rules and monitor their teen’s driving behavior in a supportive way can cut their teen’s crash risk in half?
ACCORDING TO THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA’S (CHOP) CENTER FOR INJURY RESEARCH AND PREVENTION, TEENS WHO SAY THEIR PARENTS MONITOR THEIR ACTIVITIES IN A HELPFUL SUPPORTIVE WAY ARE:
- 30% less likely to talk on a cell phone while driving
- HALF as likely to speed
- 70% less likely to drink and drive
- 2X as likely to wear seat belts
Be the example. Make sure your example is one that you want your teen driver to follow when driving. When a parent models dangerous behaviors it is very hard to convince teens not to follow their lead. Start now to be a model for these safe driving behaviors:
- No cell phone use – hands-free or hand-held – including at stoplights
- Don’t speed
- Always wear a seat belt when you’re in the car
- Know where you’re going before turning on the car engine
- Refrain from road rage
- Do not drive impaired
- Do not eat, play with the radio, apply makeup, etc.
- Do not tailgate
- Be a good passenger
For your child to obtain a learner permit at the age of 15:
- They must carry a learner permit for six (6) months before being able to apply for a driver license at the age of 16.
- Must complete a driver education course after the learner permit is issued.
- Must complete the online Traffic Safety and Trends Exam before license is issued.
- Pass an eye (vision) test, written knowledge test and driving skills test.
- Complete 40 hours of driving with parent, 10 of which are after dark.
- You must sign for financial responsibility until they are the age of 18. You can at any time and for any reason withdraw your signature and this would cancel your minor’s driver license. Call the Driver License Division Customer Service with questions.
- Your minor that is younger than 17 cannot drive in Utah between the hours of 12:00 am and 5:00 am, there are some exceptions stated above.
- Your minor that is 16 or 17 may not drive with any passengers who are not an immediate family member until six (6) months from the date the license was issued, “no driving with friends for the first six (6) months.“
- Your minor cannot operate a motorcycle until they have tested and received a motorcycle endorsement