A driver’s age does not contribute to how well someone drives, instead, actual time behind the wheel does, according to the state of Ohio. This belief explains the recent change in the Ohio Graduated License Law.
As of July 1, every new driver, no matter their age, must abide by the first set driving restrictions placed on all new 16-year olds operating a vehicle.
This means that even if a teenager waits until they are 17-years old to get their license, they still must abide by the first set of restrictions placed on all new drivers, for their first 12 months of driving. This first set of restrictions include, no driving between 12 a.m-6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or driving from school, work or religious event, no driving with more than 1 non family member unless parent or guardian is in the car, and all passengers and drivers must be wearing safety belts.
After one year, drivers enter the second phase of restrictions. These include no driving between the hours of 1 a.m-5 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian or if the driver is driving from school, work or a religious event, the number of passengers may not exceed the amount of safety belts in the vehicle, and all passengers and driver must be wearing safety belts.
Once the driver turns 18-years old, all restrictions are lifted.