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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!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

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


* 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.


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

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
- 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,
- there were NO fatalities.

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


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!


Scott W. Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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