Drivers Education Making A Comeback In Schools

09.29.09 | FL News Team

Driver's education could be making a comeback in the nation's public schools. "USA Today" reports high school driver's ed was nearly universal 30 years ago, but today is offered in only a small number of schools. About 15-percent of eligible students take high school driver's ed compared with 95-percent in the 1970s, according to the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association.

That may be changing, according to the Triple-A Foundation for Traffic Safety. Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the foundation, says the U.S. is, quote, "on the cusp of a renaissance of driver's education." For example Kissinger says, the number of high school driver's ed programs in Georgia has increased 22-percent since the state required that 16-year-old's wanting a driver's license complete a state-approved driver's ed course. City leaders in Chattanooga, Tennessee say they plan to use revenue from traffic camera fines to fund a pilot program for driver's ed.