What is Kentucky’s graduated license law? Why do we have it?

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In 1996, Kentucky’s graduated license law was passed to try to reduce the number of Kentucky teens who die in car accidents every year.

Some of the main points of Kentucky’s graduated license law include:

  • A zero tolerance policy for minors who drink and drive.
  • An initial driver’s license that a driver may test for at age 16. A driver must have this initial license for at least six months before getting an intermediate license. Additionally, a driver must have 60 supervised driving hours—10 at night—before getting an intermediate license.
  • An intermediate license that a driver may get beginning at age 16 ½ as long as he or she has held an initial driver’s license for at least six months and completed the required supervised driving hours. Drivers with intermediate licenses may not drive between midnight and 6:00 a.m. and may only have one other unrelated passenger under age 20 at a time.
  • Full licenses are available beginning at age 17.

If you are the parent of a Kentucky teen then it is important to review this law with your child and to make sure that your child is complying with it.

It is also important to know what to do if your child is hurt in a car accident. If someone else’s negligence causes your child’s Kentucky accident injuries then it is important to call an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss your child’s legal rights and possible recovery. Together, we can work hard to protect our young people from serious accident injuries, or worse, death.

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