No Pass, No Drive Law Goes Into Effect Wednesday

Kentucky high school students will have to keep a close eye on their grades if they want to keep driving this school year.

The new "No Pass, No Drive" law goes into effect this Wednesday.

Under the law students have to pass at least two thirds of their high school classes if they want to keep their driver's license.

The law also applies to students who drop out or have more than nine un-excused absences.


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  • by Jazon Location: Louisville, Ky on Jan 29, 2011 at 08:35 PM
    Lets all admit it this law is an embarrassment to Kentucky it makes our state look bad sence other state dont have to apply to this law but we do?...
  • by jeremy Location: elizabeth on Nov 5, 2008 at 09:04 AM
    how does the no pass no drive law apply to dropouts there dropouts they cant get grades if there not in school and they still will keep their license so they bascially cheated the system so think about it (LMAO)
  • by Melissa Location: Rowan County on Aug 1, 2007 at 07:21 PM
    Who are they kidding? The school system is only concerned about how much money they take in a day. If a child is absent, even for part of the day, they do not get paid by the state. I feel it is the parent's responsibility to see that their children get a good education, but we send our childern to school for that and a lot of them are push to the side. My son is almost 18 and my daughter just turned 16. They will not be allowed to get their own vehicle or license until they can work and pay for it.
  • by David Location: KY on Aug 1, 2007 at 04:51 PM
    I think to law is a good start.
  • by Disabled Location: Formerly of KY on Aug 1, 2007 at 03:41 PM
    Everyone has a right to their opinion and that has shown itself here, but look at the statistics. The rate of wreaks with deaths increase with the younger the age of the driver, why do you suppose this is? Usually because the driver is irresponsible, inattentive, or somehow other impaired (DUI, etc). If a student can't be responsible enough to show up to class on time, do homework,if necessary get tutoring, and generally follow the rules and regulations of the school, do you want this person on the road with you? Do you want this person responsible for your child's life, even if it is their own? As for home schooled children, don't your children have to pass compentency test yearly to prove they are being provided an adequate education at home? If they pass then this should be the proof you need to get them their license. All the people complaining about parents need to be in control , if so why are our drop out rates so high, our death rates high, and the drug and alcohol abuse rates.
  • by Anonymous Location: lexington on Aug 1, 2007 at 02:55 PM
    This law is complete viloation of what is supposed to be a free country. I went to school and worked we had one car in the family, I worked so I could help pay the bills not everyone is rich. Even with insurance my mental health condition was expensive to treat and I sure couldn't afford, to get a note every time I had to miss because I didn't couldn't afford a visit every time. There are others with the same problems who will suffer because this nonsense. It is just not right.
  • by Ed Location: southeast ky on Aug 1, 2007 at 02:52 PM
    Finally we are getting on track. If our children want to be treated and looked upon as responsible adults, they should earn that respect. Many wonderful, loving, caring parents lose their kids. Its about time our young people learn the value of hard-work and discipline. Hooray for our Legislators. We should all be proud!
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Lexington on Aug 1, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    Some employers require a college degree in order to even be considered for hiring. In a lot of cases, they don't care what the degree is in, just the fact that you showed commitment and responsibility in obtaining your degree through hard work. In order to become a commissioned officer in the military, you need a college degree. Doesn't matter what you got it in as long as you got it. You will be given a lot of responsibility as an officer and the degree shows commitment and that you are a responsible, dedicated individual. Same reasoning for a license to operate a vehicle. It is one of the biggest, legal weapons just about anyone can own and only those responsible enough should be entitled to own/use it. You can make all the excuses you want to about the drunk and reckless drivers we have now, but you can't go back and fix history. We have to start sometime and that time is now.
  • by mel Location: lex on Aug 1, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    Being able to maintain passable grades and attend school regularly without being tardy shows a certain degree of maturity and self-discipline that I think everyone would agree should be necessary to operate a very large vehicle on public roads. It's a little scary to think that 16 year olds who are incapable of controlling themselves enough to do well in school are on the highway with me. Won't fix it all, but it's a start and hopefully will motivate teenagers.
  • by Rachel Location: NKY on Aug 1, 2007 at 09:16 AM
    I do agree with the law in SOME WAYS...I think that they should change a few stipulations though....To the kids in school, yes this a great way to make them work for the driving privilege, but for those that are home schooled, since they are unfortunate to NOT be a part of the actual school system, this should not pertain to them. Any new laws that are passed are always going to have some negative comments because we are not all in the same situation in our home life and it is not going to suite everyone.
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