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Drivers training truant in Northstate schools

Published On: Oct 24 2013 07:53:12 PM CDT

There have been a lot of changes when it comes to learning how to drive in public high schools. Drivers’ training has been gone for years, and now driver’s education has started to disappear.

Driving schools said they are seeing the impact. KRCR News Channel 7 made calls today to our local high schools. 

Red Bluff High School said they have not offered driver’s education for about 20 years. Shasta High School said they offer it to only 45 students every year, and Chico High School said they got rid of it last year.

 Redding driving and Traffic school said to get a driver’s license before the age of 18,  you must take drivers education class and drivers training in order to take a  permit test.

To be eligible for a permit test you must be at least 15 and a half. And to get that drivers license you must have had your permit for six months and must be 16 years old. 50 hours of driving with a legal guardian are also required and ten of those hours need to be driven at night.

Janice Farnsworth, owner of Redding Driving and Traffic School said those who do take the driver’s education class are better drivers than those who don't.

"When you have someone that hasn't been trained to teach you certain skills and laws and the rules of the road they simply don’t get the information," said Farnsworth.


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