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Texas Transportation Code - Section 545.424. Operation Of Vehicle By Person Under 18 Years Of Age

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§ 545.424. OPERATION OF VEHICLE BY PERSON UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE. (a) A person under 18 years of age, during the six-month period following issuance of an original Class A, B, or C driver's license to the person, may not operate a motor vehicle: (1) after midnight and before 5 a.m. unless the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the operator to attend or participate in employment or a school-related activity or because of a medical emergency; (2) with more than one passenger in the vehicle under 21 years of age who is not a family member; or (3) while using a wireless communications device. (b) A person under 17 years of age who holds a restricted motorcycle license or moped license, during the six-month period following the issuance of an original motorcycle license or moped license to the person, may not operate a motorcycle or moped: (1) after midnight and before 5 a.m. unless: (A) the person is in sight of the person's parent or guardian; or (B) the operation of the vehicle is necessary for the operator to attend or participate in employment or a school-related activity or because of a medical emergency; or (2) while using a wireless communications device. (c) This section does not apply to: (1) the holder of a hardship license; or (2) a person operating a motor vehicle while accompanied in the manner required by Section 521.222(d)(2) for the holder of an instruction permit. (d) For the purposes of this section, employment includes work on a family farm by a member of the family that owns or operates the farm. (e) A peace officer may not stop a vehicle or detain the operator of a vehicle for the sole purpose of determining whether the operator of the vehicle has violated this section. Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1251, § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2005, 79th Leg., ch. 357, § 4, eff. Sept. 1, 2005.

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