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By Odessa Chusid
The GDL(graduated driver's license) restricts and sets up rules that come with the first nine months of a teen’s driver's license. The rules relate to the number of passengers in a young driver’s vehicle; specifically, they can only drive with one other person in the car for a minimum of six months after attaining a license.
These restrictions, which many young drivers see are as overzealous and extreme, have major consequences. If caught exceeding the maximum number of passengers, the driver receives a moving violation worth a significant amount of points. The more of these points a driver has great implications, including after being caught having your license revoked for a required period of time. These points also add a high cost to your insurance, adding to a already high cost.
Though these restrictions make sense, they are overly controlling and are enacted for an extraneous amount of time. 6 months can be seen as reasonable, but these restrictions keep being extended for a longer period of time. Where the time period started at 6 months, it is now 9 months, and may even be extended to until said driver is 18. Though the point is well taken and well seen, these restrictions don’t need to last for as long as they do. No teen I know will follow these restrictions for these long periods of time, and most parents won’t like these restrictions either. GDL can make sense, but the length of time seems overly long, teens won’t follow this all the time, and making it longer just puts more teens in jeopardy of getting in trouble with the law.