Teen driving bill resurrected

| 1/6/2004

Wyoming lawmakers reworked last year’s graduated driver’s license bill and will reintroduce it next month when the new legislative session convenes in Cheyenne, WY, The Associated Press reported.

The program would restrict teens’ driving privileges until they get more experience behind the wheel.

Last year’s bill passed the House, but it failed by two votes in the Senate. Rep. Rosie Berger, R-Big Horn, will introduce the bill next month. She replaces Rep. Harry Tipton, R-Lander, as primary sponsor of the bill. Tipton, who has worked on getting the bill passed for the past three years, is undergoing leukemia treatment.

The graduated licensing program would make an intermediate permit available to 16-year-olds who complete a driver’s education course or have at least 30 hours’ driving under adult supervision, including at least six hours of night driving. Teen drivers would not be allowed to transport multiple passengers who are not family members, unless one of them is a licensed driver 21 or older.

Under the bill, teen drivers would not be allowed to drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. without being accompanied by a licensed driver 21 or older, with a few exceptions -- an emergency, medical necessity, or driving to or from work, school or a religious activity.

Wyoming is one of just four states with no graduated license program.