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Traffic Tip:

By Zac De La Rosa
July 14, 2012 at 2:14 a.m.

This week's tip is a city ordinance violation

Sec. 545.424. Operation of vehicle by person under 18 years of age. (a) A person under 18 years of age may not operate a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device, except in case of emergency.

(a-1) A person under 18 years of age may not operate a motor vehicle during the 12-month period following issuance of an original Class A, B or C driver's license to the person: (1) after midnight and before 5 a.m. unless the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the operator to attend or participate in employment or a school-related activity or because of a medical emergency; or (2) with more than one passenger in the vehicle under 21 years of age who is not a family member.

Why the emphasis on this particular city ordinance?

This week's tip is a reminder to all young drivers of the restrictions placed on the driver's license prior to the age of 18. Cellphones are a common distraction to most drivers today. This may be an even greater threat to young, inexperienced drivers. Talking and texting while driving can make the streets unsafe for the driver and everyone else on the road. Drivers under the age of 18 should refrain from using any kind of wireless communication device unless it is an emergency.

Young drivers should also be aware that it is a traffic violation to drive after midnight unless in case of an emergency, job or school related activity. The restriction also states that there should not be more than one passenger under 21 who is not a family member in the vehicle. These restrictions help reduce distractions and make the first years of driving an easier learning experience for our teens.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit reminds you to drive safe. The life you save may be your own.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Patrol Officer Zac De La Rosa, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.



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