Wyoming’s learner’s permit age gets criticism

A new annual report from the District of Columbia-based Advocates of Highway and Auto Safety issued on Wednesday, January 22, criticized Wyoming’s policy of allowing 15-year-old teenagers to obtain driving learners’ permits, calling attention to the youth of the applicants in the state’s graduated driver’s license program.

However, Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Driver Services manager Don Edington said precautions are put in place, with teenagers being required to pass a written test before they get the license, and ensuring that they are accompanied by a licensed adult in the passenger’s seat when they start driving after they get the license. Edington added that there is also a limit to the number of people who can be in the vehicle while the teenager is driving, with exceptions for school or work activities.

The report also found fault with Wyoming’s non-enforcement of seat belt laws and lax laws on motorcycle helmet-wearing, ignition interlock, and open containers.

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