A new Oklahoma law has been passed that places more restrictions on teen driving. The intent of this law is to reduce the high amount of traffic accidents and fatalities since, according to the latest statistics provided by the Institute for Highway Safety, the crash risk for 16- to 19-year-olds is four times the risk for older drivers. Young drivers must now go through a six-month probationary period before graduating to full driving privileges. State Representative Danny Morgan hopes that the law will cut fatalities and collisions among minor drivers by at least 15 percent.
In Oklahoma, you currently may obtain your instructional permit as soon as you turn 15 ½, provided you pass the written test at your local Department of Public Safety office and complete a DPS approved driver's education course. The permit allows you to drive while being supervised by a licensed driver over the age of 21. After having held your permit for the probationary period, you may apply for the road test and then obtain an actual driver's license.
If you choose not to complete a driver's education course, you will not be able to get your license until you reach the age of 16. When you apply for a license, you will be required to take written and road tests at your local DPS and, even then, your license will have some restrictions. You will have to be supervised by a licensed driver over 21 years of age at all times while driving. This restriction won't be lifted off your license until you complete a DPS approved driver's education course or reach the age of 16 ½.
The Oklahoma DPS is presently striving to deliver driver's education in a form that is convenient to students. Previously, students were limited to taking driver's education in high schools or conventional driving schools. But now, with the onset of new technology, they can take driver's education at home or on the Internet. The DPS approved online driver's education course offered on Driversed.com allows you to take the course on your own time and at your own pace - a great advantage for those with busy schedules. The course provides you with extensive information on traffic rules and simulates on-road situations to make sure you will be able to apply this knowledge when you drive. The online course is designed for those who value their time and money, yet want to get a first-rate driver's education.
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