County School Superintendent Diana Hartmann Scores Grant to Make Driver’s Ed More Interesting

From McHenry County:

Regional Office of Education Launches New Effort to Educate Students About Dangers of Impaired Driving

WOODSTOCK, Ill. – A new initiative spearheaded by the McHenry County Regional Office of Education will help teach high-school students about the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.

Through federal Drug-Free Communities grant funding, all 14 high schools in the ROE’s jurisdiction are receiving toolkits to educate students about alcohol and drug prevention and distracted driving.

Each toolkit includes items such as “fatal vision” goggles to simulate impaired driving, games, activity mats, multimedia materials and other educational materials.

Each toolkit costs $10,000, and will be shipped directly to the high schools by the vendor, Inncorp Ltd., based in Verona, Wis.

“These kits will help our high schools proactively instill smart and safe decision-making skills in their students, particularly when it comes to impaired and distracted driving,” Regional Superintendent Diana Hartmann said.

“Integrating these resources into health classes, driver education and other programs will give students potentially life-saving understanding of the risks associated with impaired driving.”

The ROE will be partnering with the districts to offer free training and professional development
to make the most of the toolkits, Hartmann said.

Traffic crashes are a leading cause of death for teenagers 15 to 18 years old, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data; in 2021, almost 20% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking. Likewise, almost 10% of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2021 were driving distracted.

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I took the classroom driver’s ed at Crystal Lake Community High School.

There ws a defining moment during Mr. Tibbets’s (I think that was his name) instruction.

He wrote some mathematical formula on the blackboard maybe to explain miles per hour.

This coach of some sport got it wrong and I corrected him.

“Well, it’s close,” he replied.

After that I sat in the back of the room and did something else rather than pay attention to his lectures.


County School Superintendent Diana Hartmann Scores Grant to Make Driver’s Ed More Interesting — 16 Comments

  1. Orrr…..

    You could set up the traffic cone course in the parking lot, go through it, get your time down.

    Down a shot, go out and do it again. One more shot, and again……

    You lose points for posting slower times through the course, with points deducted for crushed cones, pedestrians, other vehicles.

    With parent’s permission, of course.

  2. We’ve gone from Signal 30 and those other skull-cracked-open-on-pavement 60’s flicks, to PeeWee’s Big Adventure Drivers Ed.

    Can this country get any more limp?

  3. You didn’t get my written permission, to post that video of me driving.

    You Sir, will be hearing from my Attorney.

  4. I never did understand why it was the taxpayers’ responsibility to teach kids how to drive.

    Driver’s Ed and PE teachers are oftentimes the best paid teachers at a high school, because a lot of varsity sports coaches teach one of those subjects.

    Driving is supposedly a privilege, not a right, and there are plenty of private driving schools.

    The kiddies would probably take their driving responsibilities more seriously if the actually had to pay to learn.

  5. I gotta say, Illinois has some of the best drivers in the country.

    Texas the worst. No Drivers Ed and idiots have been passing their inability to drive, from generation to generation. Georgia gets an honorable mention, because I was amazed by the number of people able to put their car on its roof.

  6. You must not spend much time on the expressways if you really believe Illinois drivers are some of the best in the country.

    Illinois drivers are somewhat notorious in other states.

  7. Mmmm, maybe you should run that by all the car insurance carriers, who didn’t just double, but tripled my rates, moving from an Illinois Zip to a Texas Zip Code.

  8. Do you live in or very close to a big city in Texas?

    My auto insurance premiums dropped a bunch when I moved out here from Chiraq.

    Rural areas are generally a lot cheaper, and areas with a high percentage of uninsured drivers are generally a lot higher.

    Minimum state requirements play a big role too.

    Texas doesn’t typically make any lists of states with really expensive auto insurance, and Illinois typically doesn’t make any cheap auto insurance lists.

  9. Arapaho and Preston area Dallas, but I’m gonna start using a just built lake house address in Corsicana and it better go down.

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