Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky wants young drivers to earn their
driver’s licenses one step at a time. To achieve this goal, he is
proposing changes in the driver licensing process that would establish
a graduated driver licensing system for new drivers under 18 years
graduated licensing system will place certain driving restrictions
at each level, allowing for the teen to gain experience in lower-risk
situations. By successfully completing each level, the teen driver
can graduate to the next, less restrictive phase of the licensing
graduated licensing system would have three stages – supervised
learner’s permit; an intermediate license limiting unsupervised
driving to low-risk driving times; and an unrestricted license.
also indicated his department would review and make appropriate
changes to rules governing the driver’s education curriculum and
road test requirements.
in addition to suffering the loss of one young person per week,
an average of 60 young people are injured in car crashes every seven
days, according to a statement from Gwadosky’s office. In fact,
the statement adds, the 16- to 24-year-old age group represents
33 percent of those hospitalized from head injuries sustained in
the past six weeks, Gwadosky met with a variety of groups to discuss
the issues surrounding driver-licensing requirements for younger
drivers. He sought insight from many individuals and groups concerned
with the safety of young drivers.
Christine Savage will sponsor the proposal, which has not yet been
printed or received a legislative document number.