Stricter laws for Ohio’s teen drivers start July 1

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CLEVELAND– Driving can be dangerous at any age, but with teens, their odds of getting into an accident are much higher. That’s because they’re inexperienced.

Ohio lawmakers know it’s a problem and are trying to fix it with a new law. It goes into effect on July 1 and will only impact teen drivers who’ve had their license for less than a year.

They can expect to see a few changes.

For starters, they will not be allowed to drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless a parent or guardian is in the car with them. If they did need to drive alone during that time for school, work or church, they’d have to get written permission. Also, everyone in the car must wear their seatbelts.

Many drivers seem to support the new law and think it'll help make the roads a little safer.

"It's easy to get into an accident. Your parents are already worried about you, so I think it's a good idea,” Kameron Hoskin said.

She said she likes that the curfew is being moved up to an earlier time.

"There could be drunk drivers. There could be other inexperienced drivers. There's not really much to be doing out in the wee hours of the night,” she said.

To learn more about all the changes teen drivers can expect, click here.