Teen drivers could see limit on passengers in South Dakota - KOTA Territory News

Teen drivers could see limit on passengers in South Dakota


Teenagers in South Dakota could soon face new restrictions when they get behind the wheel.
We talked to legislators at Saturday's cracker barrel in Rapid City about a bill that would limit the number of passengers a teenage driver could have in the car.

Drivers with restricted minor's permits would be allowed to have only one passenger under the age of 18 in the car with them under the law.

Some parents don't like the sound of that.
"If a child is trustworthy and a child is reliable enough to make the right decision," there shouldn't be a restriction, said Chad Johnson, a father of twin teenage girls. "And every parent knows their child."

"I don't think it's a good law," he went on. "I think it should be on the choice of the parent."
But Sen. Craig Tieszen, R-34, said the law is more about limiting distractions from other passengers.

That's why there are provisions that allow permit holders to have more than one passenger if they're family members.
"Certainly family members could be a distraction," he said, "but you know, when I think in my head if I have four or five of my friends in the car, that's when I'm not paying attention to the driving as much."
The law also would not apply if there's a parent or guardian in the car with the driver.

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