bryan coe digital marketing strategist

Driving restrictions in MD

I was just doing some work for Google and came across a site about Maryland Driving Laws. I found this “Passenger Restriction” below interesting:

Passenger Restriction
  • Effective October 1, 2005, provisional drivers under the age of 18 are not permitted to carry passengers under the age of 18, except for family members, for the first five (5) months of licensure.
  • Violations may result in a suspension of driving privileges.

That just seems odd to me. Is this because they think people under 18 aren’t mature enough to decide for themselves whether or not they should get in a car with a new driver. Did someone’s parents get sued for an accident their kid had? Maybe it’s just me, but it just seems odd. I guess it goes along with their slogan on the signs when you enter MD “Drive Gently” I’m not quite sure how you do that. 😉