Got your attention didn’t i?, elimination isn’t the best choice of words, perhaps modify the rules for licensed drivers and change the rules for traffic school attendance.
There are over 22 million licensed drivers in the State of California and according to the California Highway Patrol over 3 million moving violations are issued each year and close to 800,000 people attend traffic violator school, how many of those drivers are actually helped, drive safer and avoid getting another ticket for a specific period of time.
Depending on who you ask, the main reason for attending in the first place is to keep a driving conviction off a person’s record so their insurance rates will stay affordable. So why then eliminate traffic school, it doesn’t work. It’s punitive,boring and it’s a system with three different types of traffic school modalities to attend.
Two out of the three types of schools are approved by the courts only, the state agency (DMV) that is required to license and regulate those schools only regulates the “Brick and Mortar” schools, the ones you have to attend in person. The Internet and “At Home Study Programs” are court approved and they are monitored by non-profit agencies contracted with the courts to verify the compliance with their regulations which is similar to typical Dmv requirements mainly in curriculum content and personal identity only.
So in order to make traffic school a necessity for California drivers our state assembly needs to consider changing or modifying laws impacting licensed drivers here in California, in which everyone could benefit, resulting in safer, competent motor vehicle operators.
This would enhance revenue for small business, create jobs, educate drivers in order to prevent a costly moving violation, contribute revenue to California’s general fund, consider these suggestions if you would.
1. Every year when a driver is about to renew their driver’s license, require a four hour drivers education class, similar to (CEU) continuing education units, with a test at the end.
2. This education class will be help drivers prepare for the 18 question test required by the department of motor vehicles, for license renewal purposes.
3. The four hour class will require a fee similar to a traffic school fee which would not exceed $40 per driver or $30 per driver over 55.
4. Current licensed traffic schools would provide this service to drivers in a non electronic capacity in order to protect and verify the licensed drivers identity and confidential information.
5. Do not eliminate traffic school altogether just make it longer since the driver may need additional service to correct any type of driving deficiency.
The purpose of this type of class is to intervene early with drivers, correct long standing bad habits that might result in a citation, accident injury or loss of life. Additionally it will educate drivers on the changes in the law, and create a new source of revenue for a struggling industry and a state government.
Hopefully a policy maker in California will read this and consider the possibilities……