February 10, 2012
Case Number: 107-11J-1127
“Teenage and Adult Responsibility Act”
Teenage and Adult Responsibility Act is often abbreviated to TADRA. TADRA is a driver licensing program for teenagers between the ages of 15-18. Although, teenage driving is the main focus of TADRA it also affects drivers 21 and over. The provisions of TADRA for drivers over the age of 21 are apparent in situations involving a DUI. This program was established in Georgia. The goal of TADRA is to help improve the safety of Georgia Roads. TADRA addresses the leading cause of all youth deaths, traffic accidents. It makes the process of obtaining a license slightly more difficult. TADRA requires youth drivers to go through many obstacles, and acquire more knowledge before obtaining a license.
The Instruction Permit is step one to obtaining a license. The instruction permit is considered class CP. The instruction permit is also referred to as a “learner’s permit”. In order to attain an instruction permit there is a requirement of fifteen years of age. If under the age of eighteen the applicant must be enrolled in school, have no more than 10 unexcused absences, or any other altercations involving the law. Another requirement is the ability to pass a written exam. The written exam consists of road rules and questions involving road signs. The applicant also must pass a vision exam. There is a fee of ten dollars in order to take the exam, regardless of if it is passed or failed. After obtaining an instruction permit, the permit holder must only drive while accompanied by an adult 21 years of age or older. The adult must also possess a Class C driver’s license. The fifteen year old is required to have the instruction permit for a minimum of a year and one day unless he/she is eighteen years of age. Different rules will apply to the applicant if he/she is over the age of eighteen.
The intermediate license is step two of the three-step process in TADRA, the...