By Denise Dittrich, MSBA Associate Director of Government Relations
Did you know drivers education just got more rigorous? This will now directly affect schools along with the student drivers, parents and instructors.
The number of hours required to complete drivers training just increased from 30 to 40 hours, while the number of those hours required for nighttime driving increased from 10 to 15 hours. Also, the driving instructors’ job got a little more complex. A driving log must be kept, signed by the driving supervisor and submitted to the Department of Public Safety.
Also, the Department of Public Safety must develop a curriculum for parents that lasts 90 minutes, which may be required by the driving instructor.
There are unanswered questions regarding the reporting structure, how much information is to be reported and whether or not it public data or private data. Rep. Mary Liz Holberg suggested this may be a topic for the newly created Legislative Commission on Data Privacy to delve into.