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5 AN ACT RELATING TO PUBLIC SAFETY AND PUBLIC EDUCATION; ESTABLISHING
6 CERTAIN BEHIND-THE-WHEEL DRIVER TRAINING REQUIREMENTS; AND
7 PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
8 This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
10 53A-13-201, as last amended by Chapter 48, Laws of Utah 1996
11 53A-13-202, as last amended by Chapter 191, Laws of Utah 1992
12 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
13 Section 1. Section 53A-13-201 is amended to read:
14 53A-13-201. Driver education established by school districts.
15 (1) As used in this part:
16 (a) "driver education," includes classroom instruction and driving and observation in a
17 dual-controlled motor vehicle; and
18 (b) "driving" means operating a dual-controlled motor vehicle under the supervision an
19 approved instructor.
22 (b) A school that provides driver education shall provide opportunity for each pupil
23 enrolled in that school to take the written test and be issued a practice permit when the pupil is 15
24 years and nine months of age.
27 (3) The [
28 knowledge, attitudes, habits, and skills necessary for the safe operation of motor vehicles.
29 (4) The State Board of Education shall prescribe rules for driver education classes in the
30 public schools.
31 (5) The rules under Subsection (4) shall require at least one hour of classroom training on
32 the subject of railroad crossing safety for each driver education pupil.
33 (6) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (6)(b), driver education offered under this part
34 and used to satisfy the driver training requirement under Section 53-3-204 shall include at least six
35 hours of driving a motor vehicle for each student.
36 (b) No more than three hours of the behind-the-wheel driving may be substituted as
38 (i) A maximum of one of the hours may be achieved by completing not less than four
39 hours of driving simulation on an approved driving simulator.
40 (ii) A maximum of three of the hours may be achieved by completing not less than six
41 hours of range driving on an approved driving range, with each two hours of range driving
42 equivalent to one hour of the driving required under Subsection (6)(a).
43 Section 2. Section 53A-13-202 is amended to read:
44 53A-13-202. Reimbursement of school districts for driver education class expenses
45 -- Limitations -- Excess funds.
46 (1) The state superintendent of public instruction shall, prior to September 2nd following
47 the school year during which it was expended, or may at earlier intervals during that school year,
48 reimburse each school district that applied for reimbursement and maintains driver education
49 classes that conform to Section 53A-13-201 and the rules prescribed by the board for the actual
50 cost of providing the behind-the-wheel and observation training incidental to those classes.
51 (2) Under the state board's supervision, a school district may employ noncertified
52 personnel or may contract with private parties or agencies for the behind-the-wheel phase of the
53 driver's education program.
54 (3) The reimbursement amount shall be paid out of the Automobile Driver Education Fee
55 Account in the Uniform School Fund and may not exceed the state average behind-the-wheel and
56 observation training costs based on uniform accounting for the preceding year but not to exceed
57 $90 per student who has completed such a standard driver education course during the school year.
58 (4) If the amount of money in the account at the end of a school year is less than the total
59 of the reimbursable costs, the state superintendent of public instruction shall allocate the money
60 to each school district in the same proportion that its reimbursable costs bear to the total
61 reimbursable costs of all school districts.
62 (5) If the amount of money in the account at the end of any school year is more than the
63 total of the reimbursement costs, the superintendent may allocate the excess funds to school
64 districts to aid in the procurement of equipment and facilities which reduce the cost of
65 behind-the-wheel instruction.
66 Section 3. Effective date.
67 This act takes effect on July 1, 1999.
Legislative Review Note
as of 11-19-98 12:02 PM
A limited legal review of this legislation raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.