The 25th Alaska State Legislature, 2007 - 2008||
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 75
Drivers License: Alcohol Awareness/Minor
“An Act relating to driver's licenses and to alcohol and drug awareness and safety testing.”
Posted: April 2, 2008 : v4
Bill Version: CSHB 75(STA)
Status: Chapter 118 SLA 08 : 2008-07-23
House Bill 75 continues my efforts to improve alcohol management and awareness in Alaska.
It stipulates that all drivers' licenses issued to a person under 21 years of age will expire ninety-days after the person's 21st birthday.
HB 75 will further require that a person turning 21 years of age take a test regarding alcohol and drug awareness, safety and laws related to drinking and driving, prior to receiving an adult Alaska driver's license.
Once HB 75 takes effect, all drivers' licenses of Alaskans over 21 years of age will be adult licenses. The alcohol and drug awareness test will serve to relate the privilege of driving to the responsibility of consuming alcohol. The test will be designed by the Division of Motor Vehicles, and it is the Sponsor's intent to have MADD participate in the process of designing this test.
HB 75 will also help to reduce minors consuming alcohol, by creating a bright line between adult and minor drivers' licenses, since a license issued to a person over 21 years of age will be an adult license and look different than a license issued to a minor.
Please join me in supporting this important piece of legislation.