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Important Dates and Announcements

*  2017 Summer School Driver Education starts June 5th in room 167
*  Students can only miss 2 days (excused or unexcused) out of the 5 weeks that we are in
   Dr. Ed. class. If a student misses more than 2 days he or she will have to retake the class
   at another time. (No refunds)
* Students must have 8 credits in the past two semesters to be in Driver Education.
*  (Speaker) State Trooper Jayme Bufford will speak to the Driver Ed. classes June 15th.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What's New?
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.