Whereas, the California Teachers Association supports the continuing efforts of the California Association of Safety Education to ensure that young people learn to be responsible and safe drivers; and
Whereas, the California Association for Safety Education is the state's most informed advocate for better laws and regulations designed to prevent Accidents on our streets and highways; and
Whereas, the California Teachers Association joins with the California Association for Safety Education in admonishing the California Department of Education for its failure to enforce current safety laws. More than half of California school districts do not offer driver education, in clear violation of the Education Code. The results were predictable and today we see the consequences: thousands of teenagers unable to afford to pay for private classes and behind-the-wheel training are driving without licenses. So by failing to enforce the law, our public officials have put an army of untrained and unlicensed drivers on the road. And, in the process, turned thousands of teenagers into law breakers; and
Whereas, the Education Code also says driver education classes shall be taught in public high schools during the regular school day. Yet, many districts ignore this law with total impunity. If they offer it at all, they offer it very early in the morning or after the regular school day is over;
Therefore Be It Resolved, that the California Teachers Association urges the California Department of Education to take a leadership role in traffic safety curriculum improvement.
Signed this 19th day of November 1998.