LACY'S LAW UPGRADING PENNA'S GRADUATED DRIVER'S LICENSE - STATE REP TARAH TOOHIL
Ten Things You Should know about LACY’S LAW :The new law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in October, upgraded Pennsylvania’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) law for teens 16 ½ to 18 years old. from State Rep. Tarah Toohil
One of the scariest days of my life was when my daughter turned 16 and got her driver’s license. Although she was, and is, a responsible driver, her brother is a bit more reckless. This is a good idea and there is nothing more spine chilling than reading about a teenager killed in a car accident. I cannot imagine how a parent feels. I know I would be emotionally devastated.
State Representative Tarah Toohil District 116th Luzerne County which includes Hazleton, Hazle Township and more Read about Tarah Toohil’s amazing electoral upset below footnote 1 below
From Tara Toohil:
1) The new law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in October, upgrades Pennsylvania’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) law for teens 16 ½ to 18 years old. Click to view video
2) The new law takes effect on Dec. 24.
3) The new law has been dubbed “Lacey’s Law” in memory of 18-year-old Lacey Gallagher of Philadelphia, who was killed in a vehicle crash after her senior prom.
4) National data shows teen drivers have fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers. The greatest chance of crashing occurs in the first six months after licensure. Inexperience and distractions are the two greatest risks when teen drivers are behind the wheel.
5) PennDOT reports fatal crashes that involved teen drivers rose from 20 in 2009 to 57 last year, a 43 percent increase.
6) Lacey’s Law increases behind-the-wheel training for teen drivers with a learner’s permit from 50 hours to 65 hours. Ten of those hours must be at night and five must occur during bad weather.
7) The new law limits the number of teen passengers in a vehicle driven by the holder of a junior driver’s license to one during the first six months. Exceptions apply for family members.
8 ) After the first six months and until the junior driver turns 18, a limit of three non-family passengers is permitted in the vehicle.
9) The new law requires everyone 18 and under in a vehicle driven by a teen driver to be properly buckled up, whether in a seat belt or a child safety or booster seat. It is now a primary offense, which allows an officer to stop a driver if someone isn’t properly secured.
10) Lacey’s Law is not intended to replace parenting. It is designed to help and support parents when they tell their teens they cannot drive around with a carload of friends, there are real consequences. *******
1 In what might very well be the biggest upset in the history of the 116th Legislative District, if not the state, Republican political newcomer Tarah Toohil has won the seat held for seven consecutive terms by Majority House Leader Todd Eachus.
31 year old Republican novice, Tarah Toohil, defeated the powerful, Democratic patronage chief and well-funded House Majority Leader 48 year old Todd Eachus who had been in the House since 1997.
In 1996, Eachus defeated his opponent by about 3 to 1.
The incumbent Todd Eachus again faced a challenge when seeking a third term in 2000, but defeated his opponent by securing 66 percent of the vote.
In 2002, Eachus had run unopposed in a bid for a fourth term.
It was not until 2004 that Eachus faced a challenge and he secured a fifth term by defeating his opponent by a 3-to-1 margin.
IN 2006, Eachus secured a sixth term in office by defeating his opponent 10,000 votes in 2006.
In 2008, Todd Eachus had no opposition and was elected to a seventh term and was elected by his colleagues to serve as House majority leader
In 2010, underfunded, novice Tarah Toohil shellacked the incumbent House Majority Leader with 54.9% of the vote against Democratic House Majority Leader’s 45.1 % http://www.electionreturns.state.pa.us/ElectionsInformation.aspx?FunctionID=13&ElectionID=39&OfficeID=13#111