Dale Co. Schools Want Driver's Ed Course

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

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.

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  • by Ariton Parent Location: Ariton on Mar 20, 2008 at 09:28 AM
    If our children are required to have Drivers Education in order to recieve their license, I think the school they attend should provide Drivers ED. I am a graduate of Ariton HS and Drivers ED was offered,I don't understand why the course was removed. I think Mr. Parker is on the right tract in trying to bring this course back to the counties schools. I fully agree with Mr. Brown, the course is very important, with the proper training of our young drivers, meaning class room instruction and on the road practice, maybe we would see more responsible young drivers on the road and less accidents. Our children are important, and we just can't expect to put them on the road without training, from us, the parents, and proper class room training. I hope Drivers Ed does come back to the counties schools,and I think parents will be willing to help anyway they can, sometimes you have to overlook the costs of things for the safety of our children....
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