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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 39

(By Senators Unger, Jenkins, D. Facemire, Fanning, Plymale, Stollings and White)


[Originating in the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; reported March 24, 2009.]


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study issues related to strengthening certain restrictions on a graduated driver's license to increase public safety.

Whereas, Section three-a, article two, chapter seventeen-b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, imposes certain restrictions on a graduated driver's license to increase public safety; and
Whereas, The National Safety Council and other experts have recently recommended that the various states make somewhat more rigorous the laws providing restrictions on a graduated driver's license by, for example: Increasing the minimum age from fifteen years old to sixteen years old for obtaining a level-one instruction permit; by decreasing the number of, and increasing the minimum age of, the passengers in a motor vehicle being driven by a level-two intermediate driver's license; by increasing the minimum number of hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience for a level-two intermediate license holder, including, for the first time, a minimum number of nighttime driving hours; and by moving to one hour earlier at night (specifically, to 10:00 p. m.) the latest hour for a level-one or level-two permit or license holder to be driving (with certain exceptions); and
Whereas, Each of these recommendations, and others not set forth above, involve many discrete considerations; and
Whereas, The Legislature ought to have the benefit of reviewing the underlying information that led to these recommendations involving important public safety issues; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study issues related to strengthening certain restrictions on a graduated driver's license to increase public safety; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance seek input from the Division of Motor Vehicles, the National Safety Council and from any other experts or persons or organizations which that committee may deem to be potentially suitable as resource sources for this study; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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