Ohio considers online driver's education program

Posted: February 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

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TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - It's offered in other states, teens taking driver's education classes on-line. Could that become an option here in Ohio?

During a meeting in Napoleon with driver school operators and two state lawmakers, discussion focused on the importance of continuity between classroom and street instruction.

"It would be a bad thing because the things we teach in the classroom go over into the car." says Bonnie Lech with the Key Driving School in Napoleon.

"We are teaching lifelong safety skills they need to learn in the classroom, then it has to be a one-on-one when they're out driving." says Donna Foster with Mid-America Driver Training in Bowling Green.

Even though traditional driving schools would still be needed to perform on-the-road training, Foster says on-line programs would result in jobs lost in Ohio:

"My school in Bowling Green has 18 employees. If the on-line program was allowed to go through, I would probably go down to maybe 3 or 4 employees."

State Senator Cliff Hite says he's not sure he could support legislation to create on-line driver's education courses.

"When you do math on-line that's a little different than when you're doing driver's education where people's lives could be in danger if you're not instructed well, so it's a good argument."

State Representative Bruce Goodwin is also skeptical should a proposal go before Ohio lawmakers.

"I was a former educator. I believe you can't replace that person in the classroom as easily as many people believe."

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