Ohio GDL Laws

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Dear Ohio AAP Members,

On behalf of our Advocacy Team and the Board of Directors, I urge you take a few minutes today to show your support for House Bill 204, sponsored by Representative Rick Perales. This legislation would enact sensible reforms to Ohio’s graduated driver’s license program, leading to reductions in car accidents and fatalities among teenage drivers and safer roads for us all. Safe driving is something OhioAAP takes very seriously; through our PACT for Safe Driving, we provide resources for parents and teen drivers along with the latest statistics and data. This legislation is vital to protecting Ohio teenagers and improving safety across our state.

By now, you have probably heard the statistics around motor vehicle collisions and associated injuries and deaths among teenagers. We can drastically reduce these figures by passing legislation like HB 204. This legislation would restrict nighttime driving for probationary license holders from 10:00am to 5:00pm and would place restrictions on passengers beyond a teen driver’s immediate family. A review of crash data shows that more than 40% of teenage deaths resulting from a car accident happen between 9:00pm and 6:00am. States with nighttime driving restrictions have seen a 60% reduction in fatalities during that time.

 Therefore, we ask that you take a moment to contact your representative and stress these talking points:

– Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death of teenagers; in 2011 8 teens died each day from motor vehicle collisions.  The fatality rate for motor vehicle collisions among teens 16-17 is twice as high as teens 18-19.  In their first year on the road, teens are 10 times more likely to be involved in a crash.

– House Bill 204 will go a long way towards curbing these troubling statistics and reducing accidents and deaths among teenagers behind the wheel.  Numerous studies show that nighttime driving and passenger restrictions on teenage drivers translate into reductions in motor vehicle collisions and fatalities among teenage drivers.  The evidence supporting House Bill 204 is overwhelming

– Additionally, surveys of both teen drivers and their parents show broad support for increased graduated drivers license standards and legislation like House Bill 204.  And the bill contains exemptions for extracurricular activities, family passengers, and other situations; this ensures teens can still be active in church and school and help with their family.

-House Bill 204 will go a long way towards reducing teenage fatalities and improving driver safety; it is a common sense piece of legislation that is long overdue.  Please encourage the bill to be brought to the floor and vote yes!



GDL Law Information- OH

  • House Bill 343 – Became effective April 6, 2007, this legislation placed certain restrictions on the operation of motor vehicles by probationary license holders and temporary instruction permit holders who are less than 18 years of age
    • Probationary driver license holders under the age of 17…
      • are not permitted to operate a motor vehicle with more than one person who is not a family member in the vehicle, unless accompanied by the license holder’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian. Studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety have shown that one passenger doubles the risk of a crash among teen drivers, two passengers triple the risk, and three or more passengers increase the risk by more than six.
      • are prohibited from driving between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian with the same exceptions as above. This is a change to the previous restriction of 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
      • is convicted of having committed one moving violation during the first six months of having a driver’s license, the person may be required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian whenever operating a motor vehicle during the six-month period commencing on the date on which the person is convicted of or pleads guilty to the moving violation or until the person turns 17.
    • Probationary driver license holders between 17 and 18 years of age…
      • are restricted from driving between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless the holder is accompanied by a parent or guardian, with the following exceptions: an emergency situation, driving to or from a school activity, or driving to or from work. Travel to or from work is permitted provided the teen has written documentation from the employer.
    • Also included is a change to the child restraint law, affecting drivers of all ages
      • When any child who is at least four years of age but not older than fifteen years of age is being transported in a motor vehicle, other than a taxicab or public safety vehicle as defined in section 4511.01 of the Ohio Revised Code, that is required by the United States department of transportation to be equipped with seat belts at the time of manufacture or assembly, the operator of the motor vehicle shall have the child properly restrained either in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions in a child restraint system that meets federal motor vehicle safety standards or in an occupant restraining device as defined in section 4513.263 of the Revised Code. This is still a secondary violation.
      • Whoever violates this section will be found guilty of a minor misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than $25.
      • If the offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of this section or of a municipal ordinance that is substantially similar, the offender is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.


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