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Graduated Licensing - A Success Story

Graduated licensing is well on its way to changing the driving culture of Canada. Our young people are better educated and much safer drivers. Statistics show a decrease of 24% in vehicle accidents involving injury or death to young people.

According to Sgt. Dave Quinton, Shelburne Detachment, O.P.P, police feel that the new system is working well. He says that young people have more respect for the road and understand that not following the rules has dire consequences. He advises, that only one person in the Shelburne area, has been charged with impaired driving while holding a G1 or G2 License. There have been only 6 charges in the last 4 years for other violations of G1 or G2 licenses.

The O.P.P. Ride Team has observed that it is extremely rare to stop a vehicle after dark with a G1 driver at the wheel. He and also notes that it is rare to have a G1 or G2 driver be at fault in a minor accident.

According to Sgt. Quinton, prior to the implementation of Graduated Licensing it was normal to see carloads of kids driving the back roads and being involved in accidents, It no longer seems to occur with the same frequency.

Sgt. Quinton, commends parents who are making sure that the rules are being followed. The Police are finding young drivers to be polite when stopped and are well aware of the restrictions.

Could it be that our young people realize that driving is a privilege and not a right?

On the down side, this new system is costing young people more money to become licensed. Some teenagers simply can't afford the minimum $175.00.

Graduated Licensing is a two step process. It affects all people who are applying to drive a passenger vehicle or a motorcycle for the first time. It lasts a minimum of 20 months and you must be at least 16 years of age. You must pass a vision test and a written test on the rules of the road.

The G1 level lasts one year, or 8 months of you successfully complete an approved driver education course. G1 drivers have the following restrictions:

  • they must not drive if they have been drinking (only ZERO blood alcohol level is acceptable).
  • they must have only one passenger in the front seat and that person must be fully licensed driver with at least 4 years driving experience, be authorized to operate a Class G passenger vehicle and have a blood alcohol level less than .05%.
  • they must limit the number of backseat passengers to the number of seat belts available.
  • they must not drive on "400-series" highways and certain designated urban expressways.
  • they must not drive between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.
  • they must drive Class G vehicles only (cars, vans or small trucks).

At the end of Level One, Class G drivers must pass a road test of their driving skills before being eligible to proceed to Level Two. G2 drivers have the following restrictions:

  • they must not drive if they have been drinking (only ZERO blood alcohol level is acceptable.
  • they must limit the number of passengers in the car they are driving to the number of seat belts in the vehicle.
  • they can drive Class G vehicles only

After completing Level Two, Class G drivers will be eligible to take a test on advanced driving skills in order to qualify for full license privileges.

Noting the obvious success that graduated licensing has had, perhaps it is worthwhile considering making a refresher course or driving skills examination mandatory for all of us. This would remind all generations of drivers that driving is a privilege, not a right. More importantly, it could save lives.

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