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What's the Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act?

The Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) is also referred to as Joshua's Law. It is a program for young drivers that involves a graduated driver's license. The goal of TADRA is to reduce instances of fatal car crashes that involve inexperienced, younger drivers.

TADRA employs a three-step educational process to gradually give young drivers more experience driving under specific restrictions before they are given complete freedom behind the wheel. When the requirements of TADRA have been completed, the young driver graduates to a license that is less and less restrictive until he or she gets an entirely unrestricted license.

Here are the "steps" involved with TADRA:

Step one: The Instructional Permit, which lets 15-year-olds drive with a passenger aged 21 and up who has a valid Class C license (after passing a written test).

Step two: Drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 can receive the Intermediate License after 12 months of having the Instructional Permit. These drivers may not operate a vehicle between midnight and 5 a.m. For the first six months, no nonfamily member passengers may ride in the vehicle. In the second six months, only one person under the age of 21 who is not a family member may ride in the vehicle. Other restrictions also apply.

Step Three: The Full Class C License is received if the driver is 18 years of age and up.

Various driving violations committed by a TADRA driver can inhibit the driver's ability to pass through the TADRA program. For example, if the driver is convicted of underage drinking or underage intoxicated driving, the driver may have his or her driving privileges revoked by a Georgia court. As such, teenagers accused of alcohol violations may want to defend themselves against the charges carefully.

Source: Georgia Department of Driver Services, "Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA)," accessed Oct. 20, 2017

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