PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- There are a number of new state driving laws going into effect this month. The biggest changes concern teenagers and the requirements to get their licenses.
The changes affect not only teen drivers, but also their parents, who are going to have to log a lot more hours of practice before their kids can get their license.
A person under the age of 21 has to log 70 hours of driving with an adult over the age of twenty before he or she can get their license. That doubles the previous requirement of 35 hours. The number of training hours after dark has also doubled from 5 to 10 hours. The process for teens to get their learner's permit has also changed slightly. They have to get that permit through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles now rather than their driving school.
The changes go into effect this Wednesday, October 9th. There is also a change to the texting and driving law. For the second offense, the penalty has increased to five hundred dollars and a suspended license.