Ohio Law Restricting Teen Drivers Takes Effect Friday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A new Ohio law takes effect Friday that
restricts the number of passengers that can be in cars driven by

The law was inspired by parents of a teen who died riding in a
car carrying five teens.

The new law allows a driver under 17 to have just one passenger
who is not a relative. If a teen driver's parent or guardian is
present, more passengers are permitted.

It also blocks drivers under 17 from driving from midnight to 6
a-m without a parent or guardian. The only exception would be for
driving to or from work, and the drivers would need documentation
from employers.

According to the State Highway Patrol, drivers who are 16 and 17
make up just over two percent of all licensed drivers in Ohio, but
they were to blame for nine percent of all crashes involving deaths
and injuries from 2001 to 2005.