Post by DontDentMyCar on May 18, 2014 10:01:59 GMT -5
Teen drivers, parents would have to take safety courses under proposed NJ law
Safety First Driving School instructor Anthony Margaritondo, left, shows a diagram to student Kristin Contrino, 17, on how to parallel park in this 2005 file photo. A bill advancing in the Assembly would teens and their parents to take a safety course. (Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger)
By Matt Friedman/The Star-Ledger
on May 15, 2014 at 3:02 PM, updated May 16, 2014 at 2:19 AM
TRENTON — Teens who want to get their drivers licenses might be spending some quality time with their parents in a classroom under a legislation advancing in the state Assembly.
The Assembly Transportation Committee today approved a bill (A1699) that would require all learner’s permit holders who are under 18 to take a teen driver orientation program approved by state authorities.
Teens’ parents or guardians would also have to take the course, either in person or online...
Post by Bad New Jersey Drivers on May 19, 2014 6:24:22 GMT -5
I honestly have to say that I do not agree with this piece of legislation. I think this is wasteful spending. In my high school, we had and still have driver's education where students take a semester to learn about the rules of the road and then at the end of the class, they take their written test.
I do not agree that parents/guardians should have to take a test either. You passed it once, you shouldn't have to take a test again unless you lose your license for some reason and have to get it back.
Post by DontDentMyCar on May 19, 2014 11:08:23 GMT -5
I'm not sure if it mentioned that parents/guardians would have to take the test, just sit in the class.
I think it makes sense, so parents can talk about the safety class they had together. I say this in the context of all the crazy clips we capture. If there wasn't a problem there would be no need for this extra step.
I also know that as a parent it is a hardship time wise to do this, but I think they're only talking about 1 class (I could be wrong here).
Post by Volvodashcam on May 19, 2014 15:55:42 GMT -5
It is no test in sweden.. It´s a 3 hour course where you sit and listen to a safety instructor that also might ask questions to people in the "classroom". But you can't fail the course.. I believe a lot of parents that may have taken their licens 30 years ago really need this. There is a lot of new rules since they learned how to drive and if they teach the faults to their children it might make them fail the driving test later on.
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