The Montana Legislature
is reviewing a proposal that would ease teen drivers onto
the roadways by putting extra restrictions on them in their
first year of driving, the Billings Gazette reported.
The state is one of
four states without a graduated driver's license law; the
others are Kansas, Wyoming and Oklahoma.
HB226, sponsored by
Rep. Kim Gillan, D-Billings, would require a three-month
learning-permit period for drivers younger than 18 before
they can get their licenses. Current law allows a license
to anyone age 16 or over, without the three-month learning
The proposal would
prohibit teens from being behind the wheel between midnight
and 5:30 a.m. unless accompanied by an adult. In addition,
they cannot have more than two other underage passengers
in their vehicles at once, unless the passengers are immediate
The bill exempts teens
driving because of a hardship or for farm and ranch work.
It also eliminates the night driving restriction for students
headed to or from work, school or religious activities.