Because motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers, Baldwinsville Central School District School Resource Officers Martin Knaul and Christine Weeks would like to remind parents and students that driving in New York State is a privilege, not a right.
In February, changes to New York State's Licensing Laws for young drivers became effective. Officers Knaul and Weeks recommend that parents and students review these changes by visiting nysdmv.com/youngerdriver. This site provides details on obtaining a driving permit, obtaining a NYS license, restrictions for driving, based on the type of license, as well as a parent guide to teen driving.
Baker High School students have the opportunity to take their permit test online, right at the high school, in the career center. Interested students should contact Sandy Lamb or Kim Alberts in the career center for more information and to schedule a time to take the test.
Officer Weeks stressed that anyone with a junior license is not allowed, by law, to drive unsupervised between the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., unless they are driving to and from a school activity for which they will receive academic credit. No one with a junior license should be driving unsupervised to and from activities such as athletic events and dances. Also, a student with a junior license can drive unsupervised to and from a place of business for work between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Officer Weeks said that babysitting in a home is not considered working for a business.
Student drivers often have questions regarding parking on campus. Officer Knaul said that Baker students must apply for a parking permit in order to park in the student designated parking lots on campus. Students with parking permits may park in the two upper lots in the parking lot behind the high school, or in the lot at the Word of Life church. The high school assigns each student driver to one location, and usually seniors are assigned to the lot behind the school. Officer Knaul said that parking is regulated and monitored, and anyone found parking in the wrong lot, or in a lot without a permit, is subject to disciplinary action as well as the possible loss of parking privileges.