Junior Drivers and Junior License Holders

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When you first become of age and get the ability to drive, you feel like you are on cloud nine.

However, many young drivers are entirely unaware of the seriousness of violating traffic laws while having a junior learner’s permit or junior license.

Moreover, most junior drivers only have a vague understanding of what restrictions they have on driving.

The following information will help you better understand those restrictions and the penalties for committing driving offenses as a junior driver.

What Restrictions Do I Have as a Junior Driver?

As a junior driver with a learner’s permit, you may not drive at any time in any of the following places:

  • Any street within a park in New York City
  • Any bridge or tunnel under the jurisdiction of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority
  • The Cross County, Hutchinson River, Saw Mill River, or Taconic State parkways in Westchester County
  • Any a DMV road test area

Additionally, your ability to drive is limited. You can only drive between 5:00AM and 9:00PM under the direct supervision of a licensed driver over the age of 21.

In order to drive between 9:00PM and 5:00AM, you must have either your parent, legal guardian, or a driving school instructor sitting in the front, passenger seat with you.

However, if you have a junior license (not a learner’s permit), you will not need to have a supervising driver with you between 5:00AM and 9:00 PM.

Nevertheless, you will still have to have a supervising driver (although he or she does not need to be your parent or guardian) with you between 9:00PM and 5:00AM unless you are driving to work or a school course and you can furnish proof.

Junior Driver Penalties

If you commit a serious traffic violation or 2 other violations that were committed while you held a junior permit or license, your junior permit, license, or driving privileges will be suspended for 60 days.

Furthermore, your junior permit, license, or driving privileges will be revoked for 60 days if you are convicted of 1 serious traffic violation or 2 other violations within the first 6 months after your permit, license, or privileges are restored after a suspension or revocation.

Remember, a “serious traffic violation” is one that carries 3 or more points.

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This post was written by Adam Rosenblum


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