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Remember that certian violations on a GDL in the state of Arizona will require the teen driver to attend an Arizona MVD certified Traffic Survival School!

Did you know:

  • Car crashes are the number one cause of teen deaths each year; more than drugs, violence or suicide.
  • According to national statistics car crashes account for more than 1 out of 3 teen deaths.
  • Drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are 4 times more likely than older drivers to crash.
  • Research shows that male teens are at 1.5 times more risk than their female counterparts.
  • At most risk are teen drivers with teen passengers. The more teen passengers the more risk.
  • Most teen crashes are due to driver error caused by inexperience and distraction.
  • Crash risk is particularly high during the first 12 months that a teen is eligible to drive.
  • Compared to other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seatbelt use.
  • In 2005, 23% of drivers ages 15 – 20 who died in motor vehicle crashes had a BAC of 0.08 g/dl or higher. 54% of the teen deaths from motor vehicle crashes occurred on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • Teen Driver Safety Tips:

  • Know your teens passengers and encourage them to help your teen driver by reducing distractions and wearing seatbelts.
  • Know the rules; review your states new driver booklet with your teen driver. Look online for your local DMV materials.
  • Be a good role model for your teen driver and talk about driving safety strategies with your teen.
  • If you can afford it, definitely pay for extra driver training.
  • Emphasize the risks and inherent dangers of drinking or drugs and driving. Always Offer to come and rescue with no consequences.
  • Select a safe car for your teen.
  • Ride periodically with your teen driver to keep tabs on progress and reinforce solid driving habits.
  • Driving is a privilege not a right; have your teen share in the costs of operating the vehicle to teach responsibility, which might translate into better driving skills.
  • Model safe driving habits yourself when your teen is riding with you, better yet, at all times.

  • What to do if your teen driver gets a ticket:

    • First be firm but supportive, let them know how important it is to be safe behind the wheel.
    • Assist them in enrolling in a Defensive Driving Class in order for them to avoid points.
    • Paying the ticket is admiting guilt and points will be assessed to the driving record. Remember that as a teen driver in the state of Arizona they may also be required to take a Traffic Survival School Class.

    Arizona's Graduated License (Class G)

    A graduated driver license is issued to an applicant who is at least 16, but less than 18, years of age and is valid to operate any vehicle that does not require a motorcycle or commercial license.

    Restrictions on AZGDL:

    *For the first 6 months, a driver with a graduated driver license shall not drive a motor vehicle between the hours of midnight and 5:00 a.m. unless: A parent or legal guardian with a valid Class A, B, C or D license occupies the front passenger seat or; Driving directly to or from a sanctioned school-sponsored activity, place of employment, a sanctioned religious activity or a family emergency.

    *For the first 6 months, a driver with a graduated driver license shall not drive a motor vehicle containing more than one passenger under the age of 18, unless:

    • The passengers are the teen driver’s siblings or;

    The teen driver is accompanied by a parent or legal guardian with a valid Class A, B, C or D driver license who occupies the front passenger seat.


    The following penalties are for drivers who are under age 18, have a graduated driver license, and are convicted of a traffic violation:

    First conviction of a traffic violation:

    • Must attend Traffic Survival School.

    Violation goes on driving record.

    Second conviction of a traffic violation:

    • 3-month suspension of driving privilege.

    Violation goes on driving record.

    Third conviction of a traffic violation:

    • 6-month suspension of driving privilege.

    Violation goes on driving record.

    There are additional penalties for violation of curfew and passenger restrictions, including fines and mandatory extension of the 6-month restricted driving period. Suspension of driving privilege results for a third conviction of curfew and/or passenger violations, convictions of other violations including alcohol-related convictions.