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5/22/2007 4:51:46 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Texas: Bill Would End Parent-Taught Driver's Education

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May 22, 2007

Texas: Bill Would End Parent-Taught Driver's Education

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

H.B. 3729 would essentially end parent-taught driver's education as we
know it.

However, the good news is that the bill has not moved since it was
referred to committee, and the session will likely be ending next
week. We have been watching this bill carefully, ready to send an
e-lert when needed. However, parent-taught driver's education programs
have asked us to send out this e-lert to you in order to urge you to
call the Law Enforcement Committee. This is an important insurance
that the bill will not suddenly move and be passed at the last minute.
It will also serve as a warning to not entertain such bills to limit
or discontinue parent-taught driver's education in the future.

ACTION
Please call the members of the Law Enforcement Committee and give them
this message:

"Please vote against H.B. 3729 since it will limit a parent's right to
teach their children how to drive. Studies show that parent-taught
driver's education produces safer drivers."

MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMITTEE

Chair Joe Driver, (512) 463-0574
Vice Chair Thomas Latham, (512) 463-0464
Alma Allen, (512) 463-0744
Stephen Frost, (512) 463-0692
Solomon Ortiz, Jr., (512) 463-0484
Hubert Vo, (512) 463-0568
George "Buddy" West, (512) 463-0546

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, including Texas, allow parents a third option: teaching
their own children how to drive. States for too long have restricted
parents' rights to teach their children to drive.

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.

Thank you for your calls!

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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