WPR News
9:06 pm
Mon February 14, 2005

Graduated License Bill Survives First House Reading

Cheyenne, WY – Despite concerns that the bill could put unnecessary burdens on young people; the house gave initial support to the Graduated Drivers License bill Monday. The measure requires 15 year olds to get several hours of supervised training. They would then get an intermediate license at 16, and must follow a number of rules for a year. Among those rules, 16 year olds would generally only be allowed one passenger under the age of 18. Representative Elaine Harvey of Lovell says this aspect would hurt good kids. Speaker of the House Randall Luthi thinks requiring Drivers Education in school is a better approach. But Big Horn Representative Rosie Berger argues that similar laws have been successful in 48 other states. The bill will be discussed for a second time in the House on Tuesday.