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2/9/2007 4:33:16 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Washington: Action Needed on Parent-Taught Driver's Education Bill

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February 9, 2007

Washington: Action Needed on Parent-Taught Driver's Education Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

With the help of Christian Homeschool Network of Washington (CHN) and
others we have been working on bill that would allow parents to
provide driver's education to their own children.

Senate Bill 5448 would allow parents the option of using an approved
driver's education course to provide the actual classroom instruction
at home instead of enrolling their child in a commercial driving
school. Statistics have shown that parental involvement in driver's
education can save lives and teach children under 18 to be better
drivers.

Next week there will be a public hearing on Senate Bill 5448. If this
bill is to have a good chance of passing, the hearing room needs to be
packed with parents in support the bill. The Committee on
Transportation is schedule to hear S.B. 5448 on Wednesday, February
14, at 1:30 p.m.

If you are not able to attend the hearing, please contact the
Transportation Committee members listed below and urge them to support
Senate Bill 5448.

REQUESTED ACTION:

1. Please attend the Transportation Committee hearing on February 14
at 1:30 p.m. Contact CHN at chnow@msn.com to coordinate with Scott and
DiAnna Brannan if you are interested or would be able to attend the
hearing.

2. Please call and/or email the committee members listed below and
give them this message:

"Please support Senate Bill 5448. This bill will allow parents to use
an approved driver's education course to provide driver's education to
their own children at home. Parental involvement in teaching a child
to drive has been shown to save lives."

Do not identify yourself as a homeschooler, instead you can identify
yourself as a interested parent with children of your own. If you have
personal stories about driver's education and your children, either
the difficulties getting your children into a commercial school or
concern you have about your children driving, feel free to share those
with the Committee.

Please follow this link to a list of all Transportation Committee
members: http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/TRAN/members.htm .
You will find each members phone number and email address at this
link.

You can also contact the Transportation Committee at: (360) 786-7300
at let them know you support Senate Bill 5448. The Toll-Free
Legislative Hotline number is: 1-800-562-6000.

BACKGROUND:

Parents have two choices for their children's 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 option: teach your own children how
to drive. States for too long has restricted parents' right to teach
their children to drive.

Now we have an opportunity to pass Senate Bill 5448 to expand parental
choices and end the unfair discrimination against parents.

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.

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater parental rights and homeschool freedom in Washington
please visit http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

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Thank you for your part in fighting for greater freedom in Washington!

Sincerely,

Thomas Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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