Idaho Public Driver Education

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The Idaho State Department of Education is accountable for the success of all Idaho students. As leaders in education, we provide expertise and technical assistance to promote educational excellence and highly effective instruction. The Department’s Driver Education program is no different. We are dedicated to providing our students with the tools and skills necessary to become safer drivers. This is accomplished by ensuring driver education programs hire highly qualified professional educators as instructors and use standards-based, proven curriculum.

Traffic fatalities are the leading cause of death for American teens. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows that teen driver fatalities are on the rise among 16- and 17-year-old drivers. Parents can help reverse that trend since they play a key role in teen driving decisions. Research shows teens tend to emulate how their parents drive. By setting a good example behind the wheel, parents can increase the chances their children will adopt safe driving practices. While state laws and educational programs are critical, ultimately, parents are the most important component to keep their teen drivers safe.

– Audra G. Urie, State Department of Education, Driver Education Director