DEVELOPMENT OF A PROVISIONAL LICENSING PROGRAM FOR NEW CALIFORNIA DRIVERS

This report documents the development of a provisional licensing program for original California driver's license applicants. The impetus for considering alternative licensing procedures was the high accident and traffic-conviction rates characteristic of new drivers. An initial provisional licensing model was developed, following consideration of traffic safety literature on new drivers and a review of provisional licensing programs implemented or piloted in other states and countries. Further refinements were made following an analysis of comments solicited from a number of individuals in various traffic-safety disciplines, and following an independent survey of California public opinion. It was recommended that a limited pilot program be conducted with original "minor" applicants to determine the traffic-safety effectiveness of the final program model. The primary model includes a one-year distinctive provisional license, a youth-oriented driver improvement program, various restrictions for young problem drivers, the encouragement of parental participation in training new young drivers, driver's manuals for new drivers, and a variety of operational changes, including a mandatory instruction permit.

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Motor Vehicles

    P.O. Box 11828, 2415 1st Avenue
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95813

    California Business and Transportation Agency

    1120 N Street
    Sacramento, CA  United States  95814
  • Authors:
    • BROWN, E
    • Carpenter, D W
    • Furtado, B F
    • Lindholm, K H
    • Gates, L
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 112 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00314287
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAL-DMV-RSS-79-73, HS-030 049
  • Contract Numbers: 057902
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1983 12:00AM