What the TADRA Law Means for You

The Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act of 1997 (TADRA) is a traffic and licensing law in the state of Georgia that has seen significant amendments over the years. In 2007, TADRA was amended by Joshua's Law, an enactment that takes its name from the fatal 2003 accident that took the life of Joshua Brown. TADRA consists of three licensing steps that must be followed by teen drivers, but its third step extends to drivers who are 18 years and older.

Georgia is not the sole state in the Union that has separate licensing qualifications for teenage drivers, but its implementation has been successful in reducing the number of fatal road accidents in Atlanta and other regions. The Class D Intermediate license issued to drivers between the ages of 16 and 18 has been particularly effective in this regard since it extends a number of restrictions in an effort to make the roads safer.

TADRA is not limited to teenage drivers — it also focuses on the prevention and enforcement of driving under the influence (DUI) for Class C adult drivers over the age of 21.

The steps from Class CP to the full Class C license are designed to gradually instill a greater sense of responsibility and safety among drivers in Georgia. The driving restrictions also offer some level of recourse and protection to victims of traffic accidents who sustain personal injury. A TADRA violation can be the deciding factor in a personal injury case involving a road traffic accident.

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