PARENTS: TALK TO TEENS ABOUT SPRING BREAK DECISIONS

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency wants high-schoolers and their parents to keep safety at the forefront during spring break and prom season.

Roadways will be busier throughout March and April as schools across Alabama and the Southeast take a break this spring.

ALEA said it will aggressively patrol the state’s roads and waterways to enforce state laws as well as assisting motorists and boaters in need of help.

“Whether celebrating close to home or traveling to one of Alabama’s lakes, rivers, beaches or other attractions, we want everyone to arrive safely to their destination,” Acting Secretary of Law Enforcement Stan Stabler said. “Parents, we can’t do it without you.”

“Please talk with your teens – particularly those who will travel with friends – before they leave home.”

Stabler said parents should review traffic and boating laws with their teens, and remind them to obey speed limits, buckle up and avoid driving distractions.

And with prom season coming closer, Stabler said it’s also an ideal time for parents and teens to review Alabama’s graduated driver license law.

The law is a three-stage process that places restrictions on young drivers, so they can gain experience before driving without supervision or restrictions. The stages are:

  • Stage I (learner’s permit): A teen is authorized to drive when accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older who is occupying the front passenger seat.
  • Stage II (restricted license): A 16- or 17-year-old who has passed the road skills test may drive without supervision, but he or she must not have more than one passenger in the vehicle other than parents, legal guardians or family members; must not use any handheld communication devices while driving; must not drive between midnight and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver age 21 or older.
  • Stage III (unrestricted license): A 17-year-old who has held a Stage II license for six months or longer may obtain an unrestricted license. Anyone who is age 18 or older may bypass the first two stages and obtain a Stage III license after passing the road skills test.

 Another big issue parents should bring up? Alcohol. Stabler said parents should be prepared to restrict access to alcohol and closely monitor teens to prevent underage use.

For more information on Alabama’s boating, traffic and drinking laws, visit alea.gov.

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