Students are piling into driver’s education classes at local schools and learning the rules of the road. Studying hard to comply with new driver’s license restrictions, students say they look forward to the day they turn 16 years old.

“We have lots of students who really want to take this class,” said Harriett Nelson, driving instructor and 7th grade science teacher at Georgia Military College Prep School. “A lot of children want to take driver’s education in class [as opposed to the online virtual course], because of the insurance break.”

Teenagers must take a certified driver’s education course and complete a total of 40 hours of supervised driving, six of which must be driven at night, in order to apply for a Class D drivers license at age 16 under guidelines set by Senate Bill 226, or Joshua’s Law. Teenagers must otherwise wait until age 17 to obtain their license.

This semester’s courses at both GMC Prep and John Milledge Academy are full and open only to students from the respective schools.



For full story, please see the Jan. 13, 2007 edition of The Union-Recorder.

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