AB 63 (Frazier) would extend the provisional driver’s license program to any new driver under the age of 21. This program, which currently applies to new drivers between 16 and 18 years of age, prohibits driving between 11 pm and 5 am and transporting anyone under 20 for the first 12 months of holding the license, unless accompanied by a licensed driver older than 20 or required for school or employment.
To the Members of the California State Assembly:
I am returning Assembly Bill 63 without my signature.
While I understand the author’s intent of needing to address factors that contribute to the unnecessary collisions and deaths of young Californians on our highways, the provisions of this bill create a burden on a segment of adult Californians that are no longer seen as a minor in the eyes of the law. Eighteen year olds are eligible to enlist in the military, vote in national, state, and local elections, enter into contracts, and buy their own car. I believe adults should not be subject to the same driving restrictions presently applied to minors.
When I vetoed a similar bill in 2013, I believed that efforts would be better focused on teen driver training and education programs that improve transportation safety for provisional drivers. That is still my view today.
Edmund G. Brown Jr.