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Ask A Cop: New teen drivers

"After a year of having her permit, my daughter just turned 16 and got her license. Are there any laws pertaining to her I need to know about?"


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“After a year of having her permit, my daughter just turned 16 and got her license. Are there any laws pertaining to her I need to know about?”

Congratulations to the new driver! To answer your question, there most certainly are. For starters, Oregon law does not allow drivers under the age of 18 to use mobile communication devices (cellphones) while driving — including cellphone use with hands-free devices. Also, for first-time drivers under the age of 18, the state of Oregon issues provisional driver’s licenses. Webb

Provisional licenses require the following:

For the first six months, drivers cannot drive with a passenger under the age of 20, unless the passenger is an immediate member of their family. They are not permitted to drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless they are:

  • Accompanied by a licensed driver who is older than 25

  • Driving between home and work

  • Driving for employment purposes

  • Driving between home and school for events where other methods of transportation are unavailable.

    For the second six months, drivers cannot drive with more than three passengers who are younger than 20 years old, excluding members of their immediate families. They are not permitted to drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless they are:

  • Accompanied by a licensed driver who is older than 25

  • Driving between home and work

  • Driving for employment purposes

  • Driving between home and school for events where other methods of transportation are unavailable.

    First-time drivers (and their parents) are entering a new phase in life. The freedom they have has, in some cases, been associated with tragic ends to otherwise impeccable lives. The aforementioned tidbits of Oregon law were designed to protect young drivers and passengers from falling victim to such incidents. Good luck with your new driver, and feel free to contact the Lake Oswego Police Department with any future inquiries you may have.

    — Sgt. Kevin Webb, Lake Oswego Police Department



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