Driver's Education Could Be Required
Under a proposed law, people under 18 could not get a driver's license in Missouri until they take a driver's education course.
"I think if we give them a driver's ed class they could actually learn and have safer drivers and less (sic)accidents," teen driver Tyler Leslie says.
Several hundred teen drivers park in the Hickman High School lot everyday. Most of them learned how to driver with their parents, not in a class, because Hickman doesn't offer one. Lt. Tim Hull of the Highway Patrol encourages young drivers to get as much education as possible.
"While parents today in school systems that don't have driver's ed courses currently are teaching their own children to drive, sometimes parents don't set the best example," Hull says.
Critics who oppose mandatory driver's ed wonder how school districts could pay for it. Schools would have to pay for cars, insurance and teachers for the course. Those expenses might be enough to put the brakes on state driver's ed. But, if lawmakers approve it, mandatory driver's education would take effect in about a year.