Watch Out on the Roads!


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By: Julia Hayes

Everyday teenagers receive their permit or their license. Many parents second guess on whether or not they should allow their kids to drive, but it is a necessity to many, due to their busy schedules including sports, school, and social lives.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of requirements made by the state for students to gain their license.

In order for Massachusetts students to gain their license, they need to meet all of these demands.

The requirements for the state are listed below:

  1. You need to be at least 16 years old.
  2. Teenagers must have a parental or guardian consent.
  3. You need your original birth certificate.
  4. You need your social security number.
  5. You must attend 30 hours of classroom instruction, and parents must attend at least 2 or the 3 hours.
  6. You need 12 hours of behind the wheel instruction and 6 hours of in car observation.
  7. You need 40 hours of driving with a parent or guardian. (recorded over time)
  8. In order to receive your license, you need your permit for six months.
  9. On the day of your license test you need your learners permit, proof of registration, your insurance, and the vehicle inspection of the vehicle you will be tested in.
  10. There are fees for your driver’s license and learner’s permit, including $30.00 for your learners permit, $50.00 per road lesson, and $85.00 for the license test.
  11. When you receive your license, you are not allowed to drive anyone other than immediate family members or anyone over 21.

“When I got my permit, I was disappointed because I had to take the test twice. It’s unfair that the tests are not identical in the way that the students don’t know what to study for. It took me almost a year to get my license,” said Marie Urmson, senior at Attleboro High School (AHS) who received her license in the spring of 2015. “I think the process is too long and complicated, but I’m really glad I have my license.”

Students have to go through an extensive process to get their license, but they all have the same requirements with different experiences causing different opinions.

“It was expensive and took up a lot of time. The road lessons were nerve racking at first, but I eventually adapted,”  said Morgan Laplume, who is a sophomore at AHS and is receiving her license this month. “The time between your permit and license has a perfect time gap to get all the practice and experience in.”

Some students have completely different situations but receive the same result as each other.

“I thought the process was long and tedious because you had to complete a lot of requirements, but I knew that it would be worth it because I would have freedom and be able to drive myself places, so I was excited and anticipating that end result,” said Grace Mayor, a sophomore at AHS who received her license last month.

Getting your license is a huge responsibility on and off the road. It is important for young drivers to be safe and smart.

Sophomore Jenna Berg said, “Getting your license is a long process, but in the end it is totally worth it. I hate the process because it is stressful,” She will receive her license around the summer time.

The whole process of receiving your license is long, but in the end you get that freedom and responsibility that was once so far away. Life goes by so fast, and so this process helps slow you down to show teenagers the consequences of rushing, as well as the importance of safety.