COLUMBUS (June 30, 2015) – Ohio’s teen drivers under the age of 18 will face tighter restrictions starting July 1. The new restrictions focus on limiting the number of passengers and the time of day that Ohio’s youngest drivers can be behind the wheel.
Starting July 1, the following restrictions for all Ohio drivers under the age of 18 are:
- No driving between midnight and 6 a.m., unless a parent or guardian accompanies the youthful driver. Those with valid documentation from work, school or church allowing for travel for activities between these hours are exempt.
- No driving with more than one non-family member in the car
- All passengers must wear safety belts at all times
- Prohibits the use of mobile communication while driving
The rule change was brought on by the Ohio Department of Public Safety Drive Toward a Safer Ohio Initiative in an effort to increase the level of experience for the state’s youngest drivers.
According to 2012 report from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety drivers under age 20 have higher rates of involvement in fatal crashes than drivers of any other age group except those age 80 and older. The study finds that a 16- or 17-year-old’s fatality risk, per miles driven, increases 44% with another passenger under age 21 when there is no older passenger also in the car. It increases 102% with two passengers under 21 and 339% when carrying three or more passengers under 21.
The Ohio Insurance Institute (OII) is a trade association representing insurance companies and agent groups for Ohio’s property/casualty insurance industry. Its primary objective is to help Ohioans achieve a better understanding of insurance and safety-related issues.
(For more, see the links noted below.)
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- 2014 Ohio teen driver crash facts: See 2014 Ohio Traffic Crash Facts (Ohio State Highway Patrol)
Link to previous Crash Facts editions
- OII Fact Book: Ohio crashes by age and gender
- OII Fact Book: US crashes by age
- Ohio new driver information (Ohio BMV)
- Ohio graduated licensing & teen driving laws (Ohio BMV)
- Study: States could sharply reduce teen crash deaths by strengthening graduated driver licensing laws (IIHS)
- Teen crash risk info (IIHS)
- Study: Teen driver risk in relation to age and number of passengers (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)
- Report: Teen driver crash study 1994-2013 (AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety)
Contact: Dean Fadel, Ohio Insurance Institute, 614.228.1593