Teens in Nevada have a few more areas to worry about when they drive than adults. In addition to the Nevada 12-point demerit system, there are other restrictions on teen drivers under the state’s Graduated Driver’s License Program (GDL).
Graduated Driver’s License Features
Under the GDL program, new drivers earn additional privileges as they drive longer, and are able to obtain full driving privileges at age 18. For example, new drivers under age 18 may not transport passengers who are under 18, unless the passenger is an immediate family member. A teen stopped and receiving a violation will have this period extended an additional six months.
Drivers who are under age 18 have a statewide curfew from 10 PM to 5 AM, unless they are traveling to or from work, or a school-sponsored event. If stopped they must be prepared to show documentation. Several municipalities in Nevada also have additional curfew requirements. In Las Vegas, teens cannot drive on the Strip or the Downtown area after 9 PM unless accompanied by an adult. In the rest of the Valley, the curfew starts at 10 PM, Sunday through Thursday, and at midnight on Friday and Saturday.
Drivers under the age of 21, if stopped for suspected DUI, may only show a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .02 or less, compared to .08 for drivers over 21.
Drivers under 18 can have their licenses suspended for any of the same reasons as an adult license. Additionally, teens can have it suspended for non-driving alcohol or drug convictions, firearms violations, and truancy.
Furthermore, a parent or guardian who signed the Financial Responsibility Statement at the time the minor obtained their license can request that the DMV revoke the minor’s license. This remains in effect until the driver is 18.
Traffic Tickets for Teens
For the most part, Nevada teens are tried in the same courts as adults for traffic violations and are treated the same for a traffic ticket as an adult. However, under the GDL program, there are additional violations for a driver under 18, as outlined above.
Ticket Busters is here to help you
Whether you’re a teen or an adult driver in Clark County, if you’ve received a traffic ticket, Ticket Busters can provide you the representation you need to reduce your violations to the equivalent of a parking ticket, negotiate your fines with the proper court, and save you the trouble of points being added to your record. If you’ve received a ticket, call us today to discuss it at (702) 666-6666.