Graduated Licensing

rev. 04/25/2012
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A group of teens chatting on some steps.In 1997, a graduated licensing bill was brought before the Utah Legislature, which would have restricted passengers and driving hours for teenage drivers as well as required every person in a teen’s car to wear a seatbelt. However, as reported in the Salt Lake Tribune, “Lawmakers … felt it was an intrusion on parental responsibilities.”

...they ignored the most important issue facing teen drivers -- their passengers.After hearing from the Legislative Task Force, opinions of legislators began to change. In the 1999 and 2000 legislative sessions various aspects of a graduated driver licensing system were passed. These elements included nighttime driving restrictions and a minimum number hours a teen must drive with an adult before being allowed to drive alone. While these bills addressed problem areas for teen drivers, they ignored the most important issue facing teen drivers -- their passengers.