By discussing graduated driver licensing and its importance with your legislator(s), you can strengthen support for your state to establish a strong graduated driver licensing system that will help protect and save many lives.

  1. First, find out what the current licensing law is in your state.
    • You will need to know if a GDL is in place and, if so, what the requirements are.
    • If a GDL is not in place, find out if one is currently being considered and, if so, whether or not your state legislators support it.
    • Identify groups or state agencies that would join your cause and help strengthen your message to legislators (and, possibly have contacts within your local government). Possible allies could be your state's Registry of Motor Vehicles, Governor's Highway Safety Office,   the Highway Safety Coalition, or the State Police (these are suggestions - your state might refer to these departments with different names, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles instead of the Registry). Work with these groups to identify lawmakers who are sympathetic to your cause and to draft a bill.
  2. Next, determine your strategy.
    • If your state senator or representative supports a GDL system, your strategy will be to express your appreciation for his/her efforts in addressing this issue.
    • If your legislator does not support GDL legislation, then your strategy will be to present information about the issue and to discuss why it is important to you. Be prepared to present the compelling facts and statistics (some are listed below) that emphasize the need for strong graduated driver licensing laws.
  3. Now you are ready to meet with your state senator or representative! (Be sure to take notes while you are discussing the issue and to report back to SADD National.)
    • If you are unsure about whether or not your local legislator supports strong graduated driver licensing legislation, ask about his/her perspective. Clearly state your concerns, provide information, and encourage your legislator to support a graduated driver licensing system.
    • If your local legislator is not supportive of strengthening graduated driver licensing regulation, let him/her know of your concerns about young, inexperienced drivers and the need for graduated driver's licensing system requirements in your state.
    • If your local legislator is already a sponsor of strong
      graduated driver licensing legislation, thank him or her for supporting the issue. Stress its importance to you and ask if there is anything you can do to help. Try to answer any questions he or she may have. If a question is asked that you cannot answer, offer to find out the answer and report back (be sure to follow through with this promise).

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