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Old 12-04-2001, 22:51   #1 (permalink)
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Tell us about under age drinking, curfews, and driving age in US

I've always been intrigued about whether you really have curfews for young people in some US towns or states, which I've seen references to in films and books. If so, how do they work?

Also noticed your President's niece or daughter or someone got done for under age drinking a while back, although she's over 18 and could drink in Australia. Is the age for drinking usually 21 in the US?

Finally, what is the usual age for getting a full driving licence i.e. being able to go out on your own and/or carry passengers?
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Old 12-05-2001, 07:11   #2 (permalink)
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Some towns, cities have curfews for people 16 and under. If they see a kid out after the curfew, they can grab em. I'm not entirely sure what they do, I just know if you're under 16 you can't be out running the streets. Its okay if you're in a car, though.

Legal drinking age is 21. Its up the to individual states to decide the age, but if its not 21, they get less interstate money.

Driving age is 16, mostly. Some states 15, one or two 17 I think.
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Technically, you arent supposed to really carry passengers until 18 (I think thats how it was when I got my license many years ago)...but drinking age is 21 in all states and some have curfews...I believe its up to the local city government to decide on that. So glad I dont have to deal with that crap any more.
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Old 12-14-2001, 05:00   #4 (permalink)
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Driving age is 16, mostly. Some states 15, one or two 17 I think.
Ouch! Having 15 year olds on the road would scare the crap out of me! How much money do you have together to buy a car at 15?

Oh man, listen to me. Turned 27 yesterday and I'm already complaining about those pesky young kids of today :s6:
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Old 12-19-2001, 19:10   #5 (permalink)
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Whats the license age in Australia?
I think Hawaii is the only state that the legal driving age is 15. Ohio you have to be 16, and you can carry passengers (at least when I got my license 9 years ago you could).
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Old 12-20-2001, 08:20   #6 (permalink)
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As has been stated, there are 51 different sets of laws for the age and restrictions on drivers. Most states have 16 as the minimum...but I've known states allowing "permits" (where you can drive on the road with a licensed adult for educational purposes) that allowed drivers to be as young as 14 (South Carolina did this until a few years ago). Some states are raising this level now and 18 seems to be the goal for a full license.

Driving with passengers, again, is on a state-by-state basis.

Pennsylvania (a few years ago...this is changing now) allowed for a "permit" at 16 (and not a day before). At any time, the driver could take the behind-the-wheel test and get a "Junior" license, which allowed for driving between 6am and midnight. At 17 and with proper documented education, you could apply for a "Senior" license, which would allow for unrestricted driving. Automatically, at 18, a Junior license would become a Senior license.
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Varies between the six states and two territories. 18 in Victoria but can get learner permit earlier, but must always be accompanied by licensed driver with full licence (i.e. not in first three years of licence which is probationary and has limitations like .00 alcohol and 1 month licence loss for main safety related offences like failing to give way or obey red light etc). Not sure about other states, but I think at least some are 17, and I think in past at least one was 16.
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Old 12-21-2001, 01:37   #8 (permalink)
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Yep New South Wales which is the most populated state driving is at 16 you can drive but only with a licensed driver in the car & at 17 you go for your life. & you can drink at 18 I can't imagine waiting till 21 to drink that must suck. It's kind of funny you guys can be old enough to go off & die in some war yet still be too young to knock back a couple of beers You people are wierd
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Old 12-21-2001, 09:40   #9 (permalink)
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....I can't imagine waiting till 21 to drink that must suck
Tha'ts why it was cool living soo close to canada, their drinking age is 19 so we'd go there to get messed up in the bars.
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It's not US that's weird, it's our government. And yes sometimes I do agree that 21 is a little too high, especially considering that you can go to jail and fight for your country at 18.

The drinking age of 21 really doesnt stop anyone anyways.

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Yep New South Wales which is the most populated state driving is at 16 you can drive but only with a licensed driver in the car & at 17 you go for your life. & you can drink at 18 I can't imagine waiting till 21 to drink that must suck. It's kind of funny you guys can be old enough to go off & die in some war yet still be too young to knock back a couple of beers You people are wierd
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