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7/8/2005 1:18:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Colorado--Action Needed Now To Protect Parent Taught Driver's

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Colorado--Action Needed Now To Protect Parent Taught Driver's
Education

July 8, 2005

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

For the last few years, parents have had the right to teach their
children how to drive in the State of Colorado. It has been working
with great success. However, the Department of Revenue has been
planning changes by bureaucratic decree that will destroy parental
choice in driver's education.

An important public hearing is being held by the Department of Revenue

on July 11. Wayne Tully of the National Driver Training Institute
(NDTI) is leading the battle and will be testifying at the hearing. He

is also requesting from you, letters to present to the Department
showing the will of the people.

The rules that are presently proposed will greatly limit parental
choice. The Motor Vehicle Business Group (MVBG) holds the opinion that

most parents are not fit to provide their teenagers with driving
skills and therefore contend that parents need the assistance of state

approved instructors. The proposed rules that will be considered on
July 11 will require a teenager to have six hours of behind the wheel
instruction with a state approved instructor in order to obtain the
permit at 15 years old. If enacted, parents will have to pay between
$300-500 for such services.


Action Requested:

1. Please attend the hearing at the Department of Revenue on Monday,
July 11, at 1:30 PM at 1881 Pierce Street, Room 110, Lakewood,
Colorado, 80214 (Use West parking lot and Entrance B).

2. Write a short letter voicing your opinion concerning the importance

of leaving parents with the choice to control their children's driving

instruction 100%. By clicking the link below, you can sign a letter
and send the NDTI your comments. The NDTI will print your responses
and deliver them at the hearing on July 11. Please click here to take
action: http://www.usdrivertraining.com/form/form.html


Background:

It has been demonstrated repeatedly by studies from George Mason
University, Virginia; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; the
National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration; and the Insurance
Institute for Highway Safety, among others, that parents often prepare

their teenagers to be safer drivers than most professional
instructors.

Therefore, the proposed rules from the MVBG are a bad idea and will
restrict parental choice in this vital area. Please take a moment to
make your views known.


Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka, Esq.
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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