CT Teen Driver Restrictions

Posted by Christine Rodriguez on May 23, 2016 4:30:00 PM
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It's no secret that teen driver restrictions in Connecticut can get confusing. When can I drive? Who am I allowed to drive with? Is my brother allowed to ride with me? It is easy to forget the details, but unfortunately if you do, you can be in some trouble. Keep these restrictions in mind the next time you hit the road. 



16 & 17-year-old Driver's with a Learner's Permit

Passenger Restrictions 

  • Only a parent, legal guardian or qualified trainer may ride as a passenger in the vehicle. 
  • A parent or guardian may accompany the instructor on any driving lesson.

Curfew. No curfew, but must with with a qualified trainer, parent or legal guardian at all times. 

Seatbelts. All passengers in the vehicle, including the driver, ust use permanently installed seatbelts. 

Cell Phones

  • Cell phones (even hands-free) or other mobile electronic devices may not be used by the driver or passenger while driving. 
  • Any hand-held computer or other device with a video display may not be used by the driver or passenger while driving. 

 

16 & 17-year-old Licensed Drivers

Passenger Restrictions

  • For the first 6 months after obtaining a driver's license, you may only drive with a licensed driving instructor, parents or a legal guardian (at least one of whom holds a valid driver's license), or a qualified trainer. 
  • For the second 6 months you may drive with the above people and may also drive with immediate family (e.g., brothers and sisters). 

Curfew. May not drive between the hours of 11pm - 5am unless it is for employement, school, religious activities or medical necessity. Take a look at one of our previous entries for some tips on setting your own curfew.

Seatbelts. All passengers in the vehicle, including the driver, must use permantely installed seatbelts. 

Cell Phones

  • Cell phones (even hands-free) or other mobile electronic devices may not be used by the driver while driving. 
  • Any hand-held computer or other device with a video display may not be used by the driver while driving. 

Driving is supposed to be fun. Don't get yourself in trouble by forgetting these restrictions. Keep these in mind during the licensing process, and enjoy becoming a new driver!

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  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens
  • Car crashes are preventable
  • Discussing safe driving habits with family and friends will help spread awareness

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