Teenage drivers in South Dakota will have to follow some new driving restrictions starting in July.
The South Dakota Legislature passed a new bill this year that tightens the laws for young drivers; specifically who can drive at what age and when.
Today is a big day for Ava Schock. At 14, she just got her very first driver’s license today; an instruction permit.
“I’ve been excited to drive for a long time because I’m getting at the age where I’m doing a lot more and it kind of stinks to have my mom drive me all around because she’s busy and has her own schedule,” Ava said.
In South Dakota, teenagers have been able to get their restricted drivers permit at age 14.
That will not change.
But starting July 1, they will have to follow some new rules when they get behind the wheel.
One change extends the period of time a minor, who has passed a driver’s ed course, must drive on an instruction permit from 90 days to 180 days.
Because Ava got her license before July 1 and completed driver’s ed, she won’t have to follow that rule.
Young drivers with an instruction permit will have to get 50 hours of parent/guardian supervised driving, 10 hours of which must be during inclement weather and another 10 hours at night.
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