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Important Dates and Announcements

*  For the first 3 weeks of the 2018-2019 school year Driver Education will be done in Google     Classroom at home. Make sure you have excepted my invitation to your Driver Education       class.  Check you email for announcements and classwork starting August 22. 
*  Students must have 8 credits in the past two semesters to be in Driver Education.

                                                                                                                                                      What's New?

New Laws for 2017 -

*Secretary of State Jesse White recently initiated legislation allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to register for the state’s First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry when they receive their driver’s license or identification card. This legislation was signed by the governor and takes effect on January 1, 2018.

 This legislation amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act and enables 16- and 17-year-olds to join the First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry. Under the current law, an individual must be at least 18 -years- old to join the registry.

 By joining the First Person Consent Organ/Tissue Donor Registry, 16- and 17-year-olds will be giving consent to donate their organs and tissue at the time of their death, with a single limitation. The procurement organizations, Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Network and Mid-America Transplant, must make a reasonable effort to contact a parent or guardian to ensure that they approve of the donation. The parent or guardian will have the opportunity to overturn the child’s decision. Once the 16- or 17-year-old turns 18, his/her decision would be considered legally binding without limitation.

 *A bicyclist has all the rights and responsibilities applicable to a vehicle driver, including the right of way on roads and at intersections.

* A driver approaching a disabled vehicle using hazard lights on a four-lane roadway must move to the lane away from the disabled vehicle if safe to do so. If changing lanes is not possible, the driver must reduce speed when passing the disabled vehicle.

*A person commits vehicular endangerment when he/she causes an object to fall from an overpass or other elevated location in the direction of a moving vehicle with the intent to strike it

*Vehicles are required to stop before meeting or overtaking a school bus located on school property (rather than just on public roadways).

Effective January 1, 2016 -
Four-time DUI convicts will be required to use an interlock device--a breath-testing contraption connected to a vehicle's ignition -- for the rest of their lives. There are about 5,000 four-time DUI offenders in Illinois who are currently banned from driving. Under the new law, they may apply for a restricted driving permit if they can prove they've turned their lives around.  Another conviction, however, will result in a lifetime ban from driving.
Teen Drinking
Underage drinkers who call 911 for a friend in medical need will have immunity from criminal charges.  The law designed to encourage teens not to avoid calling for emergency medical help for fear of being arrested.
Effective January 1, 2015 -
Traffic Stops:  No more ticket quote system for police. If you get pulled over and are issued a ticket, your drivers license won't be held as bond.

Effective July 1 2014 -  a person age 18-20, who did not take an approved driver education course in high school must successfully complete a six hour adult driver education course before obtaining a driver’s license.

Effective January 1, 2014
  1.  House Bill 1247, Illinois becomes the 12th state - and the first in the midwest to prohibit regardless of age, to use a hand-held device - cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or mobile computer - while driving. First Offense: $75, Second $100, Third 125, Fourth or subsequent offenses are $150                                         
         The focus of this new law is on banning the use of handheld electronic devices while a 
         vehicle is not  a parked.  The following are EXCEPTIONS!
  • Hands-free or voice-activated phones or devices, including the use of a headset 
  • Global Positioning System (GPS) or navigation devices
  • Two-way of Citizens Band (CB) radio services
  • A device that can be activated or terminated by pressing a single button
  • If the vehicle is parked on the shoulder of a roadway, or stopped due to normal traffic obstruction, and the vehicle's transmission is in neutral or park
  • Reporting an emergency situation and the continued communication with emergency personnel during the emergency situation
  • Use by law enforcement or emergency personnel in the course of official duties
  • Certain commercial motor vehicle devices
  • Two-way mobile radio transmitters or receivers for licensees of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 

Did You Know?  A recent study reported that there are approximately 630,000 lane-change crashes annually (including both large trucks and passenger vehicles).  Be alert check your mirrors, blind spots and use your turn signal.