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Lane County Driver Education Initiative
(Teens Driving Safely – Lane County)

An integral part of Lane County's 2017 Transportation Safety Action Plan, the Lane County Driver Education Initiative began in June 2018 through a generous grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Teens Driving Safely – Lane County is part of the Safe Lane Transportation Coalition and, together, we are working to make Lane County roads safer for all modes of transportation.

The mission of Teens Driving Safely is to increase safe driving behaviors of teen drivers in Lane County, which will result in fewer fatal crashes on our roadways. To accomplish this, our goal is to have all Lane County 15-year olds take an ODOT-approved driver education course.

Driver Education Instructor
Training Course

Driver instructor trainees in the Lane ESD parking lot.

Driver instructor trainees in a meeting room.

A driver instructor trainer making a presentation.

A car navigates a driving course in a parking lot.

Teens Driving Safely

The program consists of four unique, yet interdependent projects:

  • Increase driver education instructor training sites in the county
    • Lane ESD hosted an instructor training course October 2018-January 2019. Having the course in Eugene is convenient for Lane County residents who may not be able to attend at other locations. To find out about becoming a Driver Education Instructor, please visit Traffic Safety Education at Western Oregon University.
  • Increase number of instructors in the county
    • Nine new instructors graduated from the 2018/2019 training course – seven of whom are Lane County residents.
    • Six new instructors have begun teaching in Lane County.
    • One Florence resident is in training right now.
  • Increase number of teen classes being held at the high schools
    • Fall 2018 saw teen classes at Siuslaw, Willamette, South Eugene, Sheldon, and Churchill High Schools. Once the new instructors begin work, we hope to expand to Mohawk and Cottage Grove High Schools.
    • North Eugene and Junction City High Schools are set to host classes beginning in April 2019.
    • Creswell High School is the newest high school added to our list of schools. We're very excited to have them on board!
    • As the number of instructors increases, we'll expand into every high school in Lane County!
  • Increase the number of teens taking the class
    • Driver Education classes cost families anywhere from $225 to $300. To lessen this burden on families, a scholarship fund has been established at the Lane Education Foundation. We are currently seeking sponsors and submitting grant applications to support Lane County's teens! Find out how you can help.
    • Teens Driving Safely recently received a Good Neighbor Grant from State Farm in the amount of $15,000! This will help offset the cost of the class for about 65 families. Thank you, State Farm!

Interested in signing your teen up for a Driver Education class?

Contact one of these private providers:

Interested in hearing more about the program?

We would be happy to present information about the program and its progress to your group or organization! Please contact our coordinator:

Sherrie Bandy
sbandy@lesd.k12.or.us
541-461-8342

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