Justice with Jessica: The rules of the road teen drivers have to follow

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DENVER — With students returning to the classroom across Colorado, that means drivers will experience a lot more traffic than they have in the summer months, as well as some young drivers commuting to school for the first time.

Denver Public Schools begins on Aug. 22, and several districts have already started back up. For many students, it will also be their first time regularly hitting the road after getting their licenses over the summer. Those young drivers have different rules of the road.

In Colorado, generally licensed drivers under 18:

1. Can’t have passengers under the age of 21 for the first six months
2. Can only have one passenger under 21 in the six months after that
3. Can’t use their cell phones while driving

Teens with a permit have to have an instructor or parents in the car with them.

Also, if a driver is under the age of 18, they have to abide by a curfew. Generally, they’re not allowed to drive between midnight and 5 a.m. unless they have a guardian with them, among other rules.

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