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3/30/2004 5:06:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Vermont--Hearing on parent-taught driver's ed bill!

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March 30, 2004


Vermont--Hearing on parent-taught driver's ed bill!


Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

House Bill 560, which would allow parents to teach their children
driver's education, is up for a hearing in the House Transportation
Committee. This is a crucial time, as legislators will be hearing
from those opposed to this bill. Homeschoolers have a chance to show
their support for this idea. This bill would support parental rights
and public safety at the same time-please stand with us to show your
support.


ACTION REQUESTED:

* Please attend tomorrow's hearing! It will be held at the Capitol,
in Room 10, from 9am-12pm on March 31, 2004. If you wish, come
prepared to share your thoughts on why this bill is a good idea for
the people of Vermont!

* If you have any questions or would like more information, please
call Retta Dunlap at 802-472-5491.

* If you can't attend, be sure to call your representative and
encourage them to support this bill! To find out who your
representative is, click here. http://www.hslda.org/toolbox


BACKGROUND:

HB 560 has been introduced by two influential Vermont legislators who
want to do something positive for homeschoolers: Rep. Howard
Crawford, Chairman of the House Education Committee, and Rep. Frank
Mazur, the co-sponsor and Chairman of the House Transportation
Committee.

Parents have two choices for their children's state-approved driver
education: pay for their children to be taught how to drive at a
commercial driving school by certified instructors, or try to
persuade the local public schools to make room in their driver's
education courses.

Many states allow parents a third state-approved option: teach your
own children how to drive. States for too long has restricted
parents' right to teach their children to drive. There are courses
designed with this option in mind - that of the parents conducting
the instruction.

Now we have an opportunity to pass HB 560 to expand parental choices.

In addition, statistics show parent-taught driver training saves
lives. For example, compare the following facts:

According to insurance company statistics, out of every 100 teen
drivers:
- 37 will be ticketed for speeding,
- 28 will be involved in accidents,
- 13 will be injured in an automobile accident,
- 4 will be ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol or
drugs, and
- 1 will be killed in an automobile accident.

On the other hand, according to a University of Colorado-Colorado
Springs survey, for every 100 students using a parent-taught driver
education program (provided by the National Driver Training Institute
of Colorado Springs):

- 8 were ticketed for speeding,
- 8 were involved in accidents,
- 6 were injured in automobile accidents,
- 1 was ticketed for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,
and
- there were NO fatalities.

This study and others demonstrate that parent-taught driver education
produces safer drivers.


CONCLUSION

This bill is a big step forward for Vermont homeschoolers. Even if
you do not have a child of driving age, please support this bill.
Thank you for standing with your fellow homeschoolers to promote the
cause of freedom!


Sincerely,

Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney



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