DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Teen drivers will be under new restrictions in Ohio starting on July 1.
Drivers under 18 will not be allowed on the road between midnight and 6 a.m. without a parent or guardian. They will also not allowed to have more than one non-family member in the car. All of their passengers are required to wear safety belts.
Existing law also bans Ohioans under 18 from using cellphones while they are behind the wheel.
The decision comes after the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report on a ground-breaking study about teen driver distractions. The report found that that teen drivers were distracted almost a quarter of the time they were behind the wheel; the leading cause of distraction was cell phone/electronics usage, but coming in a close second was passenger distractions caused by having other teens in the car.