New drivers would get anti-DWI info with licenses

Tuesday, February 19, 2002

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- When a new driver goes to get a license, they would also get information on the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs under a bill Senate committee heard on Monday.

The measure would require workers at license bureaus to give the information, which would likely come in the form of brochures, to all first time driver's license applicants.

Those renewing their licenses wouldn't get the information.

State Sen. Anita Yeckel, R-St. Louis, said she is sponsoring the measure at the behest of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Yeckel said it is important to target new drivers, primarily teen-agers, at the point they receive their licenses to reinforce the risks and penalties of driving while intoxicated.

The measure would cost the state $7,500 a year in printing costs.

The Senate Financial and Governmental Organization Committee is expected to act on the bill next week.

State Rep. Charles Portwood, R-Ballwin, is sponsoring identical legislation in the House.

The bills are SB 1109 and HB 1035.

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