Garrett bill on driver education becomes law
Updated: September 24, 2012 7:22AM
Legislation sponsored by State Sen. Susan Garrett (D-29th) of Lake Forest to improve driver’s education transparency and accountability, create course standards, maintain costs and ensure vehicle safety became law Tuesday.
Under the new law, the Secretary of State’s office will work with the Department of Education to adopt course content standards for driver’s education taught in public schools and through commercial training centers.
The new law also requires public school driver’s education vehicles that are over 5-years-old or have logged 75,000 miles undergo an annual inspection.
Garrett sponsored the bill so that teenagers receive more affordable, quality driver’s education and that parents are better informed when school districts propose fee increases.
“As the cost of driver’s education continues to escalate, we have seen that teenagers are opting out of taking driver’s education courses,” Garrett said. “It is critical that we rein in the costs and, at the same time, ensure that we have safe and accountable driving education programs throughout the state.” ~.