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What are some junior operator license restrictions?

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States have different provisions and restrictions for junior or teen operator licenses. In Massachusetts, a junior operator license holder cannot drive with passengers under 18 years of age within the first six months unless they are siblings. Additionally, a junior driver cannot drive between 12.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m. unless accompanied by a legal guardian.

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The registry of motor vehicles in Massachusetts imposes driving and speeding restrictions on holders of junior operator licenses and stiff penalties on drivers violating these restrictions. Within the first six months of receiving the junior operator license, an individual cannot drive a vehicle with a passenger below 18 years of age unless that passenger is a member of his immediate family. A junior driver may carry an underage, non-family passenger if accompanied by a person who is at least 21 years old and who has a valid driver's license and at least one year or driving experience.

Individuals who violate the junior operator license passenger restriction may have their licenses suspended for 60 days, 180 days or one year. After this suspension, drivers must pay predetermined reinstatement fees. Violating the driving hours restriction may lead to the arrest of the driver, the imposition of a fine and a suspension of his license. Drivers may also have to take attitudinal retraining courses and retake knowledge and road tests for committing second and subsequent offenses.

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