Teen Drivers Makes Headlines In Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will not require teens who have completed their required driver’s education programs to take the previously mandated driving test before issuing a license.  The rationale for such a move is in response to backlogs created by the coronavirus pandemic.

Road tests may be waived for 16-and 17-year-olds who complete the required training and have their parent or guardian sign the road test waiver.

There are other stringent requirements for those drivers, according to a news release.

  • They must hold an Instruction Permit (also known as a Learners Permit) violation free for at least six months prior to testing.
  • They must have completed driver education classes.
  • They have completed behind-the-wheel training with a licensed instructor.
  • They have completed at least 30 hours of driving with their parent/sponsor and their sponsor signs the road test waiver.

I believe in government and the rules and regulations that are installed as guardrails (no pun intended) so to make society better and safer.  There is a pandemic, and yes, some changes in how certain processes are undertaken need to be modified. But this policy change is one that runs counter to the safety not only of the teenage driver but others as well.

The blowback on this will be strong and most justified.