Money Available for Driver Education in Georgia!
Joshua Law’s Funding to Provide 21st Century Driver Education in Georgia
VDI has been an outstanding partner to work with offering a virtual training product that truly engages kids. After passing Joshua’s Law in 2005, I worked with VDI to put simulators in schools throughout the State of Georgia increasing the number of students taking Driver Education by 450% and reducing teen deaths by 60%. These simulators WORK!
Alan Brown, Founder, Executive Director & Joshua’s Dad, Joshua Brown Foundation.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens and this epidemic needs to be addressed.
Governor Deal has reinstated the collection of funds for Driver Education grants from traffic violators in the State, and Georgia schools are now eligible to receive a portion of the $2.9M driver education grant. VDI was part of the initial efforts to implement 21st Century Driver Education back in 2008 when over 80% of the schools that received funding purchased driving simulators to establish or enhance their teen driver safety program. As a result, Georgia increased the number of students taking Driver Education by 450% and reduced teen deaths by 60%!
The Next Steps:
- Governor Deal has reinstated the collection of funds for Driver Education grants from traffic violators in the state of Georgia.
- Georgia Schools need to follow the Georgia Driver’s Education Committee’s (GDEC) process to receive a portion of the $2.9M grant. Click here for grant details: GDEC Request for Grant Proposals
- Please note time sensitive dates:
TUESDAY, MAY 12TH: All participating schools must attend a Grant Application Training Class on Tuesday May 12th @ 10:00 am.
FRIDAY, MAY 22ND: All grants must be submitted via eGOHS by Friday May 22nd @ 12:00 pm. You will not be allowed to start a grant on the day the application is due. For application, go to http://www.egohs.org/Portal.asp
Alan Brown, creator of Joshua’s Law and chairman of the Joshua Brown Foundation, considers simulation to be one of the 5 key components of 21st Century Driver Education:
- Behind the Wheel
- Class Room
- Hazard Detection & Recognition
- Parental Involvement
VDI’s virtual trainers are fully interactive simulators that provide the practice and repetition needed to allow students to experience dangerous situations without putting themselves or others at risk. We combine superior hardware, proven curriculum and a Georgia-based sales and support team to provide the best possible simulation experience for your students.
VDI Training Includes:
- Real Time Violation Tracking
- Hydroplaning & Overcorrection
- Distracted & Impaired Driving Dangers
- Parental Companion Program
- Online Student Proficiency Reports
- Pre and Post Assessment Testing
- Dangers & Related Physics of Speeding
- Parking Lots & Backing Lessons
VDI Simulators Implemented in West Forsyth High School:
Simulation Has Proven Its Effectiveness in Georgia
According to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, schools who added simulation to their driver education program reported that:
- Students were more excited about learning
- Students were more alert
- Students reacted faster
- Students improved perception
- Students prioritized engagements better
- Students produced fewer errors when behind the wheel!
Joshua’s Law, was drafted and introduced to the Georgia General Assembly in 2005 by State Senator Preston Smith, and enacted in 2007 after being approached by constituents, Alan and LuGina Brown. Their only son had died after a single-car vehicle collision while he was driving alone on a wet road.While dealing with the grief and guilt of the loss of their child, they realized that the tragedy might have been avoided if he had known what to do in that particular driving situation.
Giving consideration to the fact that mandatory drivers education would be difficult to pass, Mr. Brown reviewed these concerns and offered the following:
- Allow new teen drivers to receive their driver’s license at age 16 if they have completed a certified drivers education course—otherwise, they would wait until the age of 17
- Make drivers education available to every teen by funding it. Joshua’s Law was originally funded by a 5% fee attached to all traffic violations in Georgia. The number has since dipped to 1.5% and the resulting revenues are to be made available to schools via grant based requests.
- Establish the Georgia Drivers Education Commission that would define drivers education and consider the means of distribution of the funds to expand driver’s education to every Georgia teen
Passing with an overwhelming majority of 87% in the Georgia House and Senate, Legislators ranked the legislation as the second most important piece of legislation passed in the 2005 session. The bill allowed revenues from the traffic fines to be collected beginning July 1, 2005, and accrue funds to allow broad disbursement in a manner determined by the Commission.
For More Information on the Joshua Brown Foundation, Click Here