New Restrictions on Teen Driving in Effect

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio's new restrictions on teen drivers are in effect today.

It's now illegal for a driver under 17 to cruise around with a carload of friends. There can be just one passenger who's not a relative, unless a parent or guardian is in the vehicle.

The law was inspired by parents of a teen who died in the back seat of a car carrying five other teenagers.

Law enforcement won't be able to pull teens over solely for having too many passengers. But they can be ticketed for the offense if stopped for another violation.

In another change, drivers younger than 17 are now barred from driving between midnight and 6 a-m without a parent or guardian present, unless the teen is going to or from work and has paperwork to prove it.