According to Rocky Mountain Insurance, 16-year-old drivers have the highest crash rates than drivers of any other age.
And, one Wiregrass county is trying to reinstate a course in high schools that could lower that statistic.
Ariton High School sophomore Jasmine Bell is in the process of getting her driver's license. However, she says not having a Driver's Ed class in the school makes it harder. "You don't have anyone here to help you,” she says. “You just have to go on your own."
That’s why Dale County Superintendent Phillip Parker is trying to reinstate a Driver's Ed course in all of the high schools. "Drivers education was eliminated in our school system in 2002 because of the financial situation of our school system."
However, Parker says the schools financial situation is ready to take on the extra course; however, some school board members feel differently.
"The majority of the board said the proration was looming and they didn't feel it was the time to do it, but as superintendent, I think we can afford it,” Parker adds. “I don't think proration is going to hit us that hard."
And, Ariton High School’s Principal Frank Brown says the course far exceeds the benefits for many young drivers. "I think it's very important,” he said. “I think it saves lives of people that’s taught directly the Drivers Ed course."
It’s a course Jasmine says she hopes will come to her school soon, helping better prepare those that will soon take to the roads.
Another vote for the course will be brought up at the next county school board meeting on April 8th.