What is Connecticut’s graduated license law?

Thursday November 20, 2014

In 2008, the Teen Safe Driving Task Force was created in response to an increase in fatal accidents involving teenage drivers on Connecticut roadways.

In effort to reduce the number of highway fatalities claiming the lives of teenagers far too soon, several laws were implemented, including a graduated licensing (GDL) program.

The program is based on the belief that it takes time for teenagers to learn how to drive safely; therefore, the programs require teenagers to obtain their driver’s licenses by completing a series of stages.

In Connecticut, teens first must complete driver’s training after receiving a learner’s permit and before earning a driver’s license. A teenager is not eligible for a learner’s permit until reaching the age of 16, and is not eligible for a full license (after completing the permit period) until the age of 18.

Other laws that were adopted in 2008 regarding teenage drivers involved making curfew times earlier for teenage drivers, imposing restrictions on cellphone usage, increasing fines for certain moving violations and increased suspensions for reckless drivers.

In a past article on our website, we wrote about the law changes and whether or not they had been successful at improving safety among teenage drivers.

We reported that in 2009, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles released a preliminary review indicating that teenagers were receiving far fewer driving-related convictions since they laws were put in place, including 43 percent fewer speeding violations.

Car accidents continue to be one of the main causes of death among teenagers in the United States, but it is evident that laws like the ones that went into effect in Connecticut in 2008 are making the roads safer for teenage drivers and everyone else. 

Get in Touch

Schedule a Free Initial Consultation

At Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C., we handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you receive a settlement or a jury award.

Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a skilled Connecticut personal injury lawyer today.

News & insights
The Negative Impact of Tailgating
Articles

The Negative Impact of Tailgating

9

August
2022

Common Causes of Construction Lawsuits
Articles

Common Causes of Construction Lawsuits

12

July
2022

The Leading Causes of Trucking Accidents
Articles

The Leading Causes of Trucking Accidents

12

July
2022

Medical Misdiagnosis: What Is It and How To Handle It
News

Medical Misdiagnosis: What Is It and How To Handle It

11

June
2022

The Role of Lack of Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice
Articles

The Role of Lack of Informed Consent in Medical Malpractice

11

June
2022

How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
Articles

How to File a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

10

June
2022

Connecticut Auto Accident Laws to Be Aware Of
Articles

Connecticut Auto Accident Laws to Be Aware Of

9

June
2022

How Liability Is Determined for Defective Products
Articles

How Liability Is Determined for Defective Products

26

May
2022

The Most Common Personal Injury Cases
Articles

The Most Common Personal Injury Cases

24

May
2022

How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Articles

How a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Can Help You

22

May
2022