Americans believe that driving a car is a birthright. Maybe that's why the Legislature seems ready to eliminate the requirement that people over the age of 19 complete a driver training course before they can get a license. But this is not a good idea in a state where drivers regularly run into the sides of TRAX trains or kill themselves in equally incredible ways.
Why would the Legislature consider less driver education? The answer, as is often the case on Capitol Hill, is an anecdote.
Rep. Bradley M. Daw, R-Orem, the sponsor of HB266, told a legislative committee hearing that a constituent contacted him about his frustration with the current law. It requires applicants for a driver license to complete a state-approved driver training course. The constituent said his wife, who is over 18, had successfully passed the written test in order to obtain a learner permit, but he could not afford $300-$500 for a driver course. He said that she had become a good driver while practicing on her learner permit and would easily pass the driving test.