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Utah Driver Ed cars help keep new drivers safe

Utah Driver Ed cars help keep new drivers safe

By Mary Richards | Posted - Nov. 10, 2011 at 11:50 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- A recent investigation found a wide variety and disparity of Driver Education cars in Illinois schools. Some school districts have muscle cars, while others have old, and potentially unsafe vehicles. But in Utah, it's a different story.

"The students aren't driving anything over three-, maybe five-years- old," said Linda Mayne, Driver Education specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.

According to Mayne, districts can choose their own cars for Driver Education, but they all have to be approved through her office. That means nothing like trucks or Suburbans that could be used in a different way by the school.

"The Driver Ed car is specified for driver education," she said.

Mayne says districts face a lot of regulations, inspections and safety measures.

"The Driver Ed teachers are very careful," Mayne said. "If they notice something that seems a little odd, they'll take them right in. Safety is very important. For example, they have fire extinguishers in the cars, they also have first aid kits."

The program is funded through the Division of Motor Vehicles from money people pay when they renew their license plates.

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