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Oklahomans are sure to like new driver's ed law

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 1, 2012

In steering his bill through the Legislature, Steele pointed to successes in other states where similar legislation was approved. It continues to be a tough sell in some quarters, however. Unless all the facets of the criminal justice system buy in — from prosecutors and defense attorneys and judges to the Department of Corrections and sheriffs and mental health agencies — it won't be fully implemented and therefore won't be fully effective.

One new law that should be effective in reducing angst among teenagers and their parents — not to mention workers at the Department of Public Safety — is House Bill 2367, which allows instructors at driver's education schools to administer the driving exam.

Through the years some opponents to this idea worried that driver's ed schools, which charge several hundred dollars for their services, would naturally lean toward giving their students passing grades behind the wheel. But they don't stand to gain from licensing boys and girls who really aren't prepared to drive.

The new law made sense because of the loss of state examiners and test sites in recent years, which in turn reduced the number of driving tests that could be administered each day. That spawned a tortuous system in which teens and their parents arrived at state exam sites in the middle of the night in hopes of being one of the handful who were tested each day. Stories of youngsters going through that three, four or five times weren't unusual.

Open carry may or may not have much of an effect on Oklahomans. HB 2367 absolutely will.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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