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Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo Outlines Changes to State's Graduated Driver's License Law

Mon, Feb 22 2010

ROCHESTER, NY – Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo today discussed a series of changes effective Monday, February 22, 2010 regarding New York’s Graduated License Law. Dinolfo said the changes – intended to protect younger drivers – are pertinent to junior permit holders that had scheduled their skills test for on or after February 22, 2010.
 
Some of the forthcoming changes that will directly affect younger drivers include the following:
 
- All junior permit holders will be required to hold their permit for six months prior to earning a junior license, except those who are 17-years-old and already completed a “Student’s Certificate.” This time period does not include any time the permit holder spent either suspended or revoked;
 
- Junior permit holders must have at least 50 hours of supervised driving including 15 hours after sunset and may not drive a vehicle containing more than one non- immediate family passenger under the age of 21;
 
- Junior license holders may not drive a vehicle containing more than one non- immediate family passenger under the age of 21 unless accompanied by a supervising driver;
 
- Individuals issued a limited-use license before February 22, 2010 will continue to hold a limited-use license and be subject to these restrictions until the ending date has been reached; and
 
- The new law does not allow any new limited-use licenses to be issued after February 22, 2010.
 
“I encourage all parents to use this change in the law to discuss responsible driving with their children,” said Dinolfo.