California Association for Safety Education

Brady-Jared Teen Driver Safety Act of 1997

Following are the specific provisions of SB 1329, enacted into law October 8, 1997:

Extend from 30 days to six months the time an instruction permit must be held before applying for a provisional driver's license.

Require 50 hours of supervised driving practice with an instruction permit, with at least 10 hours of night driving.

During the first six months after issuance of a provisional license, require the driver to be accompanied by a licensed driver who is the driver’s parent, guardian or a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older, or a licensed or certified driving instructor older than 25 years of age when (a) driving between midnight and 5:00 a.m. and (b) transporting passengers under the age of 20.

During the second six months, the provisional licensee could transport passengers under the age of 20 between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. without supervision.

Allow a license to drive between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. or transport an immediate family member without being accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is the licensee’s parent or guardian, a licensed driver who is 25 years of age or older, or a licensed or certified driving instructor in the following circumstances: A reasonable showing of medical or family necessity or necessity due to the employment or schooling of the person.

Prohibit a law enforcement officer from stopping a vehicle solely to determine whether there is a violation of the driving restrictions.

  • Authorize a court to impose the following unspecified community service sanction or fine for a violation of the restrictions:
  • Not less than eight hours, nor more than 16 hours, of community service for a first offense and not less than 16 hours nor more than 24 hours of community service for a second or subsequent offense.
  • A fine of not more than $35 for a first offense and a fine of not more than $50 for a second or subsequent offense.
  • If the court orders community service, the court shall retain jurisdiction until the hours of community service have been completed.
  • If the hours of community service have not been completed within 90 days, the court shall impose a fine of not more than $35 for a first offense and not more than $50 for a second or subsequent offense.

 

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