WPR News
12:20 pm
Tue March 2, 2004

Graduated License Bill Action Disappoints MADD

Cheyenne, WY – Frustration is being expressed over the failure of the graduated driver's license bill. The legislation will not be heard by the Senate after Senate President April Brimmer Kunz assigning it to the Agriculture Committee, in effect assuring its death. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is a group that vocally supported the graduated license concept. MADD'S Steve Chasson says they're disappointed to see the bill die in this fashion. Chasson says bills to tighten the state's drunk driving and open container laws have also died in a procedural fashion. The graduated license bill would have placed restrictions like limited passengers allowed with a teen driver and requiring 50 hours of behind the wheel training before teens could get full privileges at age 17. Wyoming is one of just a handful of states that doesn't have restrictions on teen drivers.