Florida Senate - 2011 CS for SB 1974 By the Committee on Budget; and Senator Hill 576-04690-11 20111974c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to driver’s license examinations; 3 amending s. 322.12, F.S.; providing requirements for 4 examination questions pertaining to traffic 5 regulations relating to blind pedestrians; amending s. 6 318.1451, F.S.; requiring the curricula of driver 7 improvement schools to include instruction on the 8 dangers of driving while distracted; amending s. 9 322.095, F.S.; requiring the curricula of traffic law 10 and substance abuse education courses to include 11 instruction on the dangers of driving while 12 distracted; providing an effective date. 13 14 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 15 16 Section 1. Subsection (6) is added to section 322.12, 17 Florida Statutes, to read: 18 322.12 Examination of applicants.— 19 (6) Each examination given for a Class E driver’s license 20 or a commercial driver’s license under this section must include 21 one question testing the applicant’s knowledge of traffic 22 regulations to assist blind persons. To pass the examination, 23 the applicant must answer that question on the examination 24 correctly. In developing questions under this subsection, the 25 department shall emphasize pedestrian right of way when a driver 26 is making a right turn at an intersection. 27 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 28 318.1451, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 29 318.1451 Driver improvement schools.— 30 (2)(a) In determining whether to approve the courses 31 referenced in this section, the department shall consider course 32 content designed to promote safety, driver awareness, crash 33 avoidance techniques, the dangers of driving while distracted, 34 which must specifically include the use of technology while 35 driving, and other factors or criteria to improve driver 36 performance from a safety viewpoint. 37 Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 322.095, Florida 38 Statutes, is amended to read: 39 322.095 Traffic law and substance abuse education program 40 for driver’s license applicants.— 41 (1) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 42 must approve traffic law and substance abuse education courses 43 that must be completed by applicants for a Florida driver’s 44 license. The curricula for the courses must provide instruction 45 on the physiological and psychological consequences of the abuse 46 of alcohol and other drugs, the societal and economic costs of 47 alcohol and drug abuse, the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on 48 the driver of a motor vehicle, the dangers of driving while 49 distracted, which must specifically include the use of 50 technology while driving, and the laws of this state relating to 51 the operation of a motor vehicle. All instructors teaching the 52 courses shall be certified by the department. 53 Section 4. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.