DRIVE RITE OFFERS NEW DRIVER EDUCATION
Currently Indiana ranks 4th in the nation for the number of 16 year olds killed on our state roads. Indiana has now fully implemented the new graduated license law that sets new requirements for driver’s licenses for young drivers, including a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice before youth can obtain a driver’s license. Driver’s Education, while a vital part of learning to drive, is not nearly enough to master all the important skills that are required to operate a vehicle.
The new law will require that parents step up and fill in with designated practice and activities that will reduce our mortality rate for teen drivers. Parents and beginning teen drivers are invited to participate in the Drive Rite program. Parents and teens work together to log at least 60 hours of practice driving in a variety of traffic situations. The program also includes six monthly meetings that cover a variety of topics of interest to teen drivers and an opportunity to check up and certify their log book practice. Drive Rite is designed to be taken along with a formal Driver’s Education program. Youth who are under age 16 and not enrolled in a formal Driver Education program may take the
classroom portion of the class and log the required driving after they become eligible for a learner’s permit at age 16 and 180 days. Meetings are held once a month on Tuesday beginning September 14, 2010. Additional class dates are October 19, November 23, December 14, January 11, 2011 and February 15, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elkhart County Jail training room, 26861 County Road 26, Elkhart. Pick up a registration form at the Extension office or come to the first class to enroll.
For more information on the Drive Rite program in Elkhart County, call Pam Brock, County Educator 4-H Youth Development, 523-2216 or Hollie Lambert, Coordinator, Elkhart County Safe Kids Coalition, 523-2112.
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