Don’t “DITCH” your license!

Dont DITCH your license!

KIana Parkes

Are you seeking to get your instructions permit, driver’s license, or a drivers authorization card? There are even more requirements now for students under the age 18. Those of you that already have those items listed above aren’t off the hook either. Your permit, license, or authorization card could be revoked for not following the new law established on January 1st, 2015.

Do you like to have the luxury and freedom to drive? If you answered yes, you may want to attend school on the days you are suppose to attend school.Your attendance is now tied into your driving privileges. Students under the age of 18 have to show proof of their school attendance when trying to obtain a license, permit, or drivers authorization card at their local DMV. This proof will declare that the student has attended 90% of the days in the school semester. In other terms, if you missed 7 days of a block schedule or 10 days of a non block schedule, you will be listed as an habitual truant. Once you are declared an habitual truant, your card will be suspended or you will be denied when trying to get one. Your license can be suspended to up to 6 months and a minimum of 30 days. If you are listed as an habitual truant again, your license can be suspended up to 1 year and a minimum of 60 days. If you turn 18 during your suspension time, you would still have to finish your sentence.

Many teens think this law is very unnecessary, but the legislature has to make crucial decisions to keep teens on the right track. You better keep a close watch on your attendance because it does matter. Those of you that attend school regularly, this law wouldn’t affect, but if you like to ditch your 3rd period class, you should be extremely nervous after reading this.