[Mr./Mrs./Ms.] [First Name] [Last Name]
As a concerned citizen of [Your constituency], I am asking you to call for changes in
Alberta’s Graduated Drivers License (GDL) program to further protect young Albertans
on our roads. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading killer of young people in Alberta
(Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation, 2006). This is the case even after the
introduction in 2003 of Alberta’s program. Alberta’s GDL program needs to be
strengthened to protect our youth.
Please use your voice within the Alberta Legislature to implement the following GDL
elements that have been proven to reduce crashes among new drivers:
1. Probationary drivers should not be permitted to drive unsupervised from 9:00
p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Exemptions for travel to and from home and work or school or
school events, or other approved purposes could be considered.
2. Young probationary drivers should not be permitted to carry teen passengers
when driving unsupervised. This restriction should be in place for probationary
drivers under 20 years of age during the first 6 months to 12 months of driving at
the probationary stage. An exemption could be made for immediate family
3. Learner drivers must be required to complete supervised practice of at least 50
hours prior to moving to the Probationary Operator’s License. To prepare learner
drivers for all types of conditions, some hours of certified supervised driving
should be done during winter driving conditions and some during nighttime.
Thank you for the opportunity to express my views and I sincerely hope that the
Government of Alberta will strengthen GDL to help protect our new, young drivers.