Saland Passes Bill Regarding Traffic Infractions Of Young Drivers

Stephen M. Saland

February 27, 2008

Senator Steve Saland (R,I,C Poughkeepsie) today announced passage of his bill to require the Department of Motor Vehicles to notify parents that their child, who holds a junior driver’s license or a learner’s permit, has committed a traffic infraction. It also requires that the notice inform parents they have the right to withdraw their consent for their child to continue to hold a junior license or permit.

"Lack of experience, maturity or ability sometimes cause teenagers, who are just learning to drive, to commit a traffic infraction," said Senator Saland. "Many parents are unaware they have the option to withdraw consent to their child holding a junior license or permit. Statistics show that young drivers are the most likely to be involved in car accidents -- it is important that parents know they have the choice to withdraw consent to drive if they feel it is appropriate for their child," added Saland.

The bill has been sent to the Assembly for consideration.