Assemblyman Frazier Introduces Bill to Reduce Teen Driving Accidents

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Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D – Oakley) introduced AB 63, legislation to reduce vehicle collisions and fatalities among teen drivers by strengthening California’s provisional driver’s license program.

“This bill will help significantly decrease accidents among newly licensed drivers,” stated Frazier. “Increasing the age for a provisional license will ensure that California’s most vulnerable motorists go through proper training to become safe, responsible drivers.”

AB 63 would increase the maximum age to receive a provisional license to 21 years old guaranteeing that less experienced drivers have appropriate protections during this crucial learning period.

According to the legislative Counsels Digest:

This bill would expand the scope of the provisional licensing program by extending the applicable age range for the program to 16 to under 21 years of age. By expanding the scope of the provisional licensing program, the violation of which constitutes an infraction, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would authorize a licensee who is 18, 19, or 20 years of age to keep in his or her possession a copy of his or her class schedule or work schedule as documentation to satisfy the exceptions for a school or school-authorized activity and employment necessity, respectively, and would provide that a signed statement by a parent or legal guardian is not required if reasonable transportation facilities are inadequate and the operation of a vehicle by a licensee who is 18, 19, or 20 years of age is necessary to transport the licensee or the licensee’s immediate family member. The bill would make other technical and conforming changes. The bill would also include specified findings and declarations.
Existing law requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to regulate the issuance of licenses in this state and to impose and collect fees for the issuance of those licenses.
This bill would authorize the department to impose and, except as specified, collect a fee from each student who earns a provisional driver’s license pursuant to the provisions described above, on and after January 1, 2018, in the amount of $2 or an amount not to exceed the reasonable regulatory costs to the department in implementing the changes described above, whichever is less.

 

“We are thankful that Assemblymember Frazier has taken on this critically important issue,” said Doug Villars, President of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen. “Traffic collisions are the number one killer of young people in America. We are proud to be sponsors of this bill and look forward to working together toward a common goal—saving young drivers’ lives and making roadways safer for all of us.”

It is estimated that 1 in 3 drivers do not receive their license before the age of 18, making them ineligible to participate in the provisional license program. A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association discovered that improvement in fatal crash rates among 18- to 20-year-old drivers was far less than their 15- to 17-year-old counterparts. Policy expanding this program is essential to building safe driving skills for this at risk population.

“We applaud Assemblymember Frazier for introducing this vital legislation,” stated Cathy Barankin, Executive Director CA Coalition for Children’s Safety and Health. “First time teen drivers are 45 percent more likely to be involved in a vehicle crash. This bill will stop teens from prematurely losing their lives.”

Assemblymember Frazier represents the 11th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Antioch, Bethel Island, Birds Landing, Brentwood, Byron, Collinsville, Discovery Bay, Fairfield, Isleton, Knightsen, Locke, Oakley, Pittsburg (partial), Rio Vista, Suisun City, Travis AFB, Vacaville and Walnut Grove.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. If people can purchase a firearm or serve in the military at the age of 18 they do not need a provisional drivers license. Another dumb Jim Frazier bill proposal.

  2. This makes no sense. How are kids going to get to college? Young adults or families get to work? Live their daily lives? Shame on Frazier!

  3. This is ridiculous. I’ve had a car since my 16th birthday. And a job to go with it. I’m surprised that one in three don’t receive their drivers license before 18. How lazy and irresponsible.

  4. Nick, we didn’t use to have busses going everywhere so as kids we had to get our car right away. Now a family that cannot afford another car doesn’t get one because the kid rides the bus instead.

    This is another dumb Frazier attempt though. 18 is old enough since he can go to war at 18 too.

  5. Might as well take their license away, their not going to be able to afford his outrageous vehicle fees and the ridiculous gas taxes he wants to shove down our throat.

  6. It’s time to make Frazier pass a test at the next election. So far he gets an F.

    Jim Frazier, you are what is WRONG with California.

  7. This is another harmful bill to the working poor, who count on the income earned by all, regardless of age, in the household. How will undergrads get to their college courses or PT jobs if this sort of restrictive measure is passed. Liberals in California can no longer be called the “Party of the working poor”. The Republicans have shown they are the only ones who care and have the best message of support to the working poor and middle class in this District.

    Is there any Intelligent life left in the Majority Party in Sacramento? Whats the Phrase: “Power Corrupts, Absolute Power, corrupts, Absolutely”…..thats what we have in Sacramento for the next two years. God Help us!

  8. It is our fault. We continue to elect these halfwits and then complain about their activities. Frazier should have been dumped years ago. It’s too bad we the voters take so long to recognize BAD politicians.

    Bob Taylor and Jim Frazier need to go back to selling whiskey and pounding nails (their former occupations). There has to be something they are good at-politics isn’t it.

  9. All I can say is this is a reason why more young people voted third party than ever before and why Trump didn’t do as poorly with your people as expected. I can understand why the smoking, marijuana consumption or drinking age could be 21 since those aren’t things you need to live (in fact alcohol and tobacco can be harmful if used too much), but this bill is crazy. Many young people work late jobs (two or three jobs in fact in some cases) just to survive, often because that is all they can get and making it harder for them to get rides or drive around themselves is bad. Also what if there is an emergency they have to attend to. These aren’t minors these are full adults. Some young adults have kids and are already struggling to get by. If democrats wonder why young people turned to third party candidates or stayed home then maybe they should look at this. I hope other democrats strike this bill down because it is things like this that will hand us more republican rule. I am not bashing this bill just to bash it, i am bashing it as a warning that this will not help you get the 18-24 year old vote which is needed badly.

  10. Another bad idea from a low level thinker. Jim Frazier continues to prove he is in over his head and out of touch with reality.

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