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Pitt Meadows News: Police Check Learners And Novice Drivers
Submitted. Ridge Meadows RCMP Traffic Services and Youth Resource Officers teamed up to make sure all young drivers are adhering to the restrictions of their respective licencing.
For all Learners, they must display the red ‘L’ sign on the back of the vehicle they are driving, and they must be accompanied by a fully licenced driver who is 25 years of age or older who is seated in the front passenger seat. A Learner can only drive a vehicle between 5:00 a.m. and midnight, and can only have one, non-relative, passenger in addition to the licenced supervisor. A Learner cannot use a cell phone, even with ‘hands free’ device in place.
The next step on the graduated licencing program is after successful completion of a road test, the young driver achieves his or her Novice licence. These drivers must display a green ‘N’ sign on the rear of the vehicle they’re driving. They are not to carry more than one passenger, except when they have an adult supervisor who is 25 years of age or older, and then they can have more passengers. This does not include immediate family members. They also cannot use the ‘hands free’ device to use a cell phone when driving.
Police targeted areas near three local high schools on Wednesday June 13, 2012, and issued 15 tickets for various violations. The majority of the tickets were for failing to display the ‘N’ sign, with seven novice drivers getting tickets. Others received violation tickets for carrying more than one passenger, failing to wear their seat belt, and one for using a cell phone while driving.