July 20, 2024

GARNETT — Kansas teenagers will soon be faced with additional driving restrictions beginning Jan. 1. Anderson County Sheriff Scott Brownrigg told the Anderson County Review his officers will begin enforcing the new law when it goes into effect. Under the new changes, teens will have turn 17 before they receive regular driver’s licenses. There will be a new “lesser restrictions” license between the regular and restricted licenses for teens 16 and 17. It limits driving by themselves between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m., anytime going to or from work, anytime going to or from authorized school activities and anytime and anywhere with a licensed adult over 21. They can’t have more than one non-family member as a passenger when driving by themselves. The new law tightens the requirements for instructional permits and restricted licenses. In addition, teen drivers can’t use wireless devices behind the wheel except in times of emergencies.

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