Northwest NEWS

June 25, 2001

Features

Intermediate driver's licenses

for teens set to begin July 1
  
   Beginning July 1, an intermediate driver's license, sometimes referred to as a "teen or graduated license," will be issued to new drivers under the age of 18.
   The intermediate license carries the following restrictions:
   For the first six months after issuance of an intermediate driver's license, the holder of the license may not have any passengers in the car under the age of 20, except for members of the holder's immediate family.
   After the first six months, the holder may not have more than three passengers in the car under the age of 20, except for members of the holder's immediate family.
   The holder of an intermediate driver's license may not operate a vehicle between the hours of 1 and 5 a.m. except when the holder is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or a licensed driver who is at least 25 years of age.
   Teenage drivers are involved in more motor vehicle crashes than any other group. Crashes are the leading cause of death for this age group. In some years the fatal involvement rate for teen drivers is three times higher than the overall rate.
   Statistically, teens make up less than 7 percent of the nation's licensed drivers, but they're involved in 15 percent of all fatal crashes.
   Teens who ride with teens are also disproportionately vulnerable.
   Sixty-five percent of teen passenger deaths occur when another teenager is behind the wheel.
   And darkness presents yet another risk factor: 41 percent of fatal crashes involving teenagers occur at nighttime, between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
   For more information, please visit the Department of Licensing Web site at: www.wa.gov/dol.