Assembly Passes Frazier Bill to Enhance Teen Driver Safety

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Restrictions on California provisional licensing law is one step closer to reality as the State Assembly approved AB 113 via a 65-6 vote that will require provisional drivers license remain in effect until an individual reaches the ages of 18.

The law would also lower the current nighttime driving restriction from 11:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., modifies the age restriction on the transporting of passengers from 20 years of age to 21 years of age, and increases the 6-month learner permit requirement to 9-months.

The Bill was passed on May 16 via way of a 65-6 vote with 8 records of no votes.  AB 1113 was introduced back on February 22, 2013 and passed through the Assembly Transportation Committee 15-1 and Assembly Appropriationss 16-1.

Assembly Passes Frazier Bill to Enhance Teen Driver Safety
AB 1113 Will Help Prevent Future Automobile Accidents, Injuries and Fatalities

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Assembly gave final approval to Assembly Bill 1113, introduced by Assemblymember Jim Frazier (D–Oakley), which will add restrictions on California’s provisional licensing law.

The provisional licensing program was designed to protect young, inexperienced drivers by giving them more time to gain driving experience prior to full licensure. The program has been effective in reducing novice driver accidents, deaths, and injuries; however, a significant safety problem still remains for teenage drivers.

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States. Teen drivers have the highest rate of involvement in crashes that result in the death of other people, such as their passengers, pedestrians, or drivers and passengers in other vehicles. “I am all about saving lives and this will establish better safety practices for inexperienced teen drivers, helping to prevent unnecessary motor vehicle fatalities throughout California,” said Frazier.

AB 1113 seeks to strengthen California’s provisional licensing law by requiring that the provisional driver’s license remain in effect until an individual reaches the age of 18, lowers the current nighttime driving restriction from 11:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., modifies the age restriction on the transporting of passengers from 20 years of age to 21 years of age, and increases the 6-month learner permit requirement to 9-months.

The bill passed with bipartisan support and now proceeds to the Senate for further consideration.

For more information or to RSVP, please visit http://www.asmdc.org/members/a11/ or call Jim’s district offices at 707-399-3011 or 925-778-5790.

Read the Bill
http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1113&search_keywords=

4 COMMENTS

    • I disagree… anyone OVER 18 and CAN VOTE will enjoy the benefits of this bill as it makes our roads safer.

  1. I agree with the bill myself, but if you are between 18 and 21 and this effects you, then you have a disgruntled voter.
    I personally hope that noone would not submit a valid bill, just because it will cost them votes 🙂

  2. OK here is my 2 cents. I taught my 3 kids to drive and found several serious issues with our teen driver licensing. First is that in order to activate the learners permit, your child has to be taken out by a stranger who is licensed by DMV to be a driver instructor. Well, what they do is take your inexperienced driver out on a busy road and tells them to drive. That’s it. AND when I called to set up the appointment for their first lesson, I was told that it was OK for the kid to be driving before his permit was active. NOT TRUE. And out of 3 kids, 3 lessons each, I think only once did we get an instructor that spoke clear English! The driver training program is a joke–a money maker for the so-called schools but a joke. Then comes the behind the wheel time that the child needs to build up before he can take the driving test. I spent hours driving around and around the Delta Vista parking lot and Freedom Parking lot with all three. Unlike the majority of parents that I spoke with during this time, I was the minority when it came to making sure that my kids were safe drivers. Many parents did not take the time to teach driving skills, waited the minimum time between receiving the learners permit and taking the driving test. Way too many teens are receiving their licenses and have no business on the roads. This is a start but there is a lot more that needs to be done.

    Fast forward to today: all 3 are safe driver, none have been in a accident in a personal car (I will admit that my daughter has put a fire truck in the ditch to avoid a head on collision) and none have ever received a traffic ticket. When our youngest son purchased a car and had to buy his own insurance, the agent was shocked that a 22 year old had a perfect driving record.

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