DRIVER EDUCATION PROVIDER AND INSTRUCTOR ACT (EXCERPT)
Act 384 of 2006
256.657 Driver education course; segment 1 curriculum; teen driver training; definitions; section known and cited as "Nathan Bower act."
(1) A segment 1 curriculum shall include both classroom and behind-the-wheel driver education course experience. The classroom instruction and behind-the-wheel instruction shall be integrated, relate to each other, and meet the following requirements:
(a) Each student shall receive not less than 24 hours of classroom instruction. Classroom instruction shall be scheduled to occur as follows:
(i) Classroom instruction shall occur not more than 2 hours per day.
(ii) Classroom instruction shall occur over the course of 3 or more weeks.
(iii) Classroom instruction of 4 or more hours shall be received before the student begins to receive behind-the-wheel instruction.
(iv) Classroom instruction shall include information concerning the laws pertaining to bicycles and motorcycles and shall emphasize awareness of their operation on the streets, roads, and highways of this state.
(v) Behind-the-wheel instruction of 3 or more hours shall be completed before classroom instruction terminates.
(b) Each student shall receive not less than 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction or substitute hours permitted under this subsection. Behind-the-wheel instruction shall be scheduled to occur as follows:
(i) A student shall receive not more than 1 hour of behind-the-wheel instruction per day.
(ii) Not more than 1 student shall occupy the front seat of the vehicle with the instructor.
(iii) A driver education motor vehicle shall contain not more than 4 students during behind-the-wheel instruction.
(iv) Not later than 3 weeks after the last classroom instruction has been completed, a student shall complete any remaining required behind-the-wheel instruction.
(v) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a student may receive instruction while operating a motor vehicle at a multiple vehicle driving facility. One hour of instruction received at a multiple vehicle driving facility may substitute as credit for 1 hour of behind-the-wheel experience. A maximum of 2 hours of behind-the-wheel experience can be substituted with instruction received at a multiple vehicle driving facility.
(c) A student shall receive 4 or more hours of behind-the-wheel observation time.
(2) A driver education provider classified for teen driver training shall not substitute behind-the-wheel instruction with multiple vehicle driving facility experience until the secretary of state gives the provider written approval for that substitution as provided in this act.
(3) A driver education provider classified for teen driver training shall not substitute behind-the-wheel driving experience with simulator device training.
(4) As used in this section:
(a) "Integrated" means classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction scheduled to include a mix of classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction throughout the duration of the driver education course, except as otherwise provided in this section.
(b) "Observation time" means the time a student in a driver education course sits in the rear seat of a vehicle and observes another student in the front seat behind the wheel operating the controls of the vehicle, responding to driving situations, and with an instructor sitting in the front seat.
(5) This section shall be known and may be cited as the "Nathan Bower act".
History: 2006, Act 384, Eff. Oct. 1, 2006
Am. 2014, Act 317, Eff. Mar. 31, 2015
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