Should teens be allowed to skip the driving test?

A new law in Oregon lets teenagers who have passed a driving class obtain a license through their driving instructor, instead of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Teenagers don’t need the DMV drive test?  

A decade ago, Oregon introduced a Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program.

Teen drivers must attend a state-certified driving school, pass a written test, and certify 100 hours of practice driving to receive a provisional license.

As a result, our teens are better drivers, and our roads and highways are safer for everyone. And because of the strict requirements, Oregon’s driver education programs are among the best and most comprehensive in the country.

Teens can only be exempt from the DMV driver skills test after meeting all of the GDL requirements, and completing the drive test in a vehicle with their driving instructor. We have seen how the program has reduced teen motor vehicle fatalities – our state-certified program instructors certainly seem qualified to administer the provisional license for teen drivers.

See Medford, Oregon’s KOBI 5 story on the new law.