The new law requiring teens to have a learner’s permit for nine months rather than three months is causing some problems. The idea is to give kids more time with supervised experience before letting them out on the road alone. The effect may actually be to have them start earlier.
For example, the Pleasant Plains school district, unlike Springfield, seems to be accommodating students in light of the new law. One of my daughters just started at the high school this week and, at 14 and a first semester freshman, she is enrolled in drivers ed. This will allow her to get the drivers ed in, and her 9 months of learner's permit time before she’s 16. So while she will be getting more experience before getting a real license, she’s getting that experience at an earlier age. I don’t know if that’s good or bad but it is one effect the new law is having.
The other, perhaps not entirely unintended, consequence will be that kids not able to get into divers ed earlier, lie those in Springfield public schools, will be getting their actual license at some point after their 16th birthday. Maybe months after. Again, I’m not sure this is good or bad (well, I’m sure it’s bad in the minds of the students) but the days of pretty much guaranteeing you can get your driver’s license on your 16th birthday may be over for awhile, at least until the school districts can adjust.