a safety movement from the
Montana Department of Transportation

Teens: Driving is a privilege

A privilege, not a right

It's a common misconception that everyone has a right to drive. In reality, operating a motor vehicle is a serious responsibility; it's a privilege not a right. Everyone who drives by the rules keeps the privilege. Those who don't can lose their license.

You & your parents

Becoming a safe, experienced driver, takes time and practice. Teen drivers need parental involvement and guidance to keep them safe.

Expect your parents to be concerned and involved—they know the risks young driver's face, and they care.

Plan to Live


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Avoid these violations

Download the Montana GDL Violation Codes

Decide to be safe

Montana's Teen Driver Education and Training Curriculum and Instructional Resources Driver Education Course was developed by the Office of Public Instruction. The course teaches teens about driving laws in Montana and the necessary skills to become safe and responsible drivers.

Before you enroll in a driver's education course in your school, decide to become a safe driver, then make the most of the GDL program.

61-5-133. First year restrictions...
Driver's manual
Graduated Driver License (GDL)
Teen Driver Tip Sheet
Traffic education program

Buckle up—for life

You're already in the habit of buckling up, right? As you begin driving, make sure it's the first thing you do whenever you get in a vehicle. When you're the driver, make sure everyone is buckled before you start out.

Montana law requires seatbelt use. Montana law also places the burden on the driver to ensure that each occupant is wearing a properly adjusted and fastened seatbelt or is properly restrained in a child safety restraint. (Source: Montana Code Annotated 61-13-103)

If friends won't buckle, they can walk.

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