CS/CS/HB 689

A bill to be entitled
2An act relating to driver education and testing; amending
3ss. 318.1451 and 322.095, F.S.; requiring the curricula of
4driver improvement courses and traffic law and substance
5abuse education courses to include instruction on the
6risks associated with using a handheld electronic
7communication device while operating a motor vehicle;
8amending s. 322.12, F.S.; providing requirements for
9driver license examination questions pertaining to traffic
10regulations relating to blind pedestrians; amending s.
11322.56, F.S.; providing for written examination for a
12learner's driver's license to be available from third-
13party providers; providing an effective date.
15Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
17     Section 1.  Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section
18318.1451, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
19     318.1451  Driver improvement schools.-
20     (2)(a)  In determining whether to approve the courses
21referenced in this section, the department shall consider course
22content designed to promote safety, driver awareness, crash
23avoidance techniques, awareness of the risks associated with
24using a handheld electronic communication device while operating
25a motor vehicle, and other factors or criteria to improve driver
26performance from a safety viewpoint.
27     Section 2.  Subsection (1) of section 322.095, Florida
28Statutes, is amended to read:
29     322.095  Traffic law and substance abuse education program
30for driver's license applicants.-
31     (1)  The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
32must approve traffic law and substance abuse education courses
33that must be completed by applicants for a Florida driver's
34license. The curricula for the courses must provide instruction
35on the physiological and psychological consequences of the abuse
36of alcohol and other drugs, the societal and economic costs of
37alcohol and drug abuse, the effects of alcohol and drug abuse on
38the driver of a motor vehicle, the risks associated with using a
39handheld electronic communication device while operating a motor
40vehicle, and the laws of this state relating to the operation of
41a motor vehicle. All instructors teaching the courses shall be
42certified by the department.
43     Section 3.  Subsection (6) is added to section 322.12,
44Florida Statutes, to read:
45     322.12  Examination of applicants.-
46     (6)  Each examination given for a Class E driver's license
47or a commercial driver's license under this section must include
48one question testing the applicant's knowledge of traffic
49regulations to assist blind persons. In developing questions
50under this subsection, the department shall emphasize pedestrian
51right-of-way when a driver is making a right turn at an
53     Section 4.  Subsections (4) through (7) of section 322.56,
54Florida Statutes, are renumbered as subsections (5) through (8),
55respectively, and a new subsection (4) is added to that section,
56to read:
57     322.56  Contracts for administration of driver's license
59     (4)  All applicants for a learner's driver's license shall
60have the ability to take the written examination required by s.
61322.12 through a third-party provider. The department shall
62contract with providers of approved traffic law and substance
63abuse education courses to serve as third-party administrators
64to conduct, on behalf of the department, knowledge tests under
65this subsection.
66     Section 5.  This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.

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