SCS HB 57(JUD): "An Act relating to driver's licensing; and providing for an effective date."
00SENATE CS FOR HOUSE BILL NO. 57(JUD) 01 "An Act relating to driver's licensing; and providing for an effective date." 02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 * Section 1. AS 28.15.031(a) is amended to read: 04 (a) The department may not issue a driver's license to a person 05 (1) who is under the age of 16 years, except that the department may 06 issue a permit under AS 28.15.051 or a restricted license under AS 28.15.121; or 07 (2) who is at least 16 years of age but not yet 18 years of age unless 08 the person meets the requirements of AS 28.15.057. 09 * Sec. 2. AS 28.15.051(a) is amended to read: 10 (a) Except as provided in (b) of this section, a person who is at least 14 years 11 of age may apply to the department for an instruction permit. The department may, 12 after the applicant has successfully passed all parts of the examination under 13 AS 28.15.081 other than the driving test, issue to the applicant an instruction permit. 14 The permit allows a person, while having the permit in the person's immediate
01 possession, to drive a specified type or class of motor vehicle on a highway or 02 vehicular way or area for a period not to exceed two years. The permittee must be 03 accompanied by a person at least 25  years of age who has been licensed at least 04 one year to drive the type or class of vehicle being used, who is capable of exercising 05 control over the vehicle and who occupies a seat beside the driver, or who 06 accompanies and immediately supervises the driver when the permittee drives a 07 motorcycle. An instruction permit may be renewed. 08 * Sec. 3. AS 28.15 is amended by adding new sections to read: 09 Sec. 28.15.055. PROVISIONAL DRIVER'S LICENSE. Upon application, the 10 department may issue a provisional driver's license to a person who is at least 16 years 11 of age but not yet 18 years of age if the person has been licensed under an instruction 12 permit issued under AS 28.15.051 or under the law of another state with substantially 13 similar requirements, for at least six months. 14 Sec. 28.15.057. RESTRICTIONS ON DRIVER'S LICENSE ISSUED TO A 15 PERSON UNDER 18. (a) Except as provided under AS 28.15.051 or 28.15.055, a 16 person who is at least 16 years of age but not yet 18 years of age may not be issued 17 a driver's license unless the person has been licensed under an instruction permit 18 issued under AS 28.15.051 for at least six months and has held a valid provisional 19 driver's license issued under AS 28.15.055 for at least one year. 20 (b) A person authorized to drive a motor vehicle under an instruction permit 21 issued under AS 28.15.051 or a provisional driver's license issued under AS 28.15.055 22 may not drive a motor vehicle on a highway or vehicular way or area between the 23 hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. each day. This paragraph does not apply to a person 24 authorized to drive under a provisional driver's license who is driving from the 25 person's place of residence to the person's place of employment or from the person's 26 place of employment to the person's residence and who is driving along the most 27 direct highway, vehicular way or area available between the residence and the place 28 of employment. 29 * Sec. 4. AS 28.15.221(b) is amended to read: 30 (b) The regulations adopted under (a) of this section must [SHALL] include 31 a designated level of point accumulation that [WHICH] identifies drivers who are
01 habitually reckless or negligent or who are habitual or frequent violators of traffic 02 laws, so as to show a disrespect for traffic laws and a disregard for the safety of other 03 persons. In formulating the point system authorized by this section, the commissioner 04 shall, in the interest of interstate uniformity, provide for suspension, revocation or 05 denial of a driver's license, privilege to drive, or privilege to obtain a license for an 06 accumulation of 12 or more points as a result of offenses committed during any 07 consecutive 12-month period or 18 or more points as a result of offenses committed 08 during any 24-month period, except for a person licensed under an instruction 09 permit or provisional license. A person licensed under an instruction permit or 10 provisional license shall have the person's license suspended, revoked, or denied 11 for an accumulation of eight or more points as a result of offenses committed 12 during any consecutive 12-month period. 13 * Sec. 5. AS 28.40.100(a)(8) is amended to read: 14 (8) "driver's license" or "license," when used in relation to driver 15 licensing, means a license, provisional license, or permit to drive a motor vehicle, or 16 the privilege to drive or to obtain a license to drive a motor vehicle, under the laws 17 of this state [,] whether or not a person holds a valid license issued in this or another 18 jurisdiction; 19 * Sec. 6. This Act takes effect January 1, 1997.