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Revisions Coming to a Nationwide Driving Curfew for Teens

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SHERMAN, TX---- Changes to a nationwide curfew law will soon keep young drivers off the road after midnight. Right now, the curfew only applies to teens under 18 during the first year that they have a drivers licence, but next month that will change. Starting September 1st, all drivers under the age of 18 will have to abide by the curfew.

As the mother of a soon to be driver, Andrea Mory said she doesn't want her son on the road after midnight.

"After midnight there's a high percentage of adults with alcohol in the scenario and that would worry me for my son, and for any person driving, but most certainly for my son with his limited experience driving," Mory said.

She said inexperienced drivers and intoxicated drivers are never a good mix and that's why she's relieved to hear about the change to a current nationwide driving curfew law. Currently, the law states that anyone under the age of 18 can not drive between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. for one year after receiving their licence. 

"That's changed and now they're striking that out and the law states that any driver under the age of 18 must abide by the curfew law," Sgt. D.M. Hampton of the Sherman Police Department said. "In other words there is not a year kind of grace period anymore if you're under the age of 18."

The only exceptions to the curfew are if the operation of the vehicle is necessary for employment or school related activities or because of a medical emergency.

Hampton said any teen caught violating this curfew could face a fine of about $150 to $200.