September 8, 2016, Introduced by Senators O'BRIEN and KNEZEK and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
A bill to amend 2006 PA 384, entitled
"Driver education provider and instructor act,"
by amending section 37 (MCL 256.657), as amended by 2014 PA 317.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
Sec. 37. (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
(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
(ii) Classroom instruction shall occur over the course of 3 or
(iii) Classroom instruction of 4 or more hours shall be
received before the student begins to receive behind-the-wheel
(iv) Classroom instruction shall include 3 or more hours of
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".
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days
after the date it is enacted into law.