Driver’s Ed Online 

It’s a right of passage for teens who dream of driving.”We have the signage, the books, all the material required, and the educated speakers that are here teaching the class.”Thirty hours in a classroom is part of the state’s required Driver’s Education course, but a new proposal could change that.A bill aimed at making driver’s ed less expensive and more accessible would give students the option to do the class work online. “There’s nothing stopping a student from just clicking away while they watch TV or surf the internet.”Jared Sproul is the owner of Driver’s Edge in Bangor. He, along with other local schools, doesn’t see this as a benefit to students.”It’s definitely going to hurt the educational aspect of driver’s education, and we can’t do that. We need to look to upgrade it,” said Gerry Clifford, who runs the Drive Right Academy in Ellsworth.However, that’s what the bill’s co-sponsor, State Representative Kimberley Rosen, believes it would be doing.”A lot of students aren’t able to get a ride to drivers ed. Their parents may not be able to take them at that particular time. So, this is just going to be an option for them, so they can take it online if possible. We’re not trying to take anything away from anyone. All we’re trying to do is save money, save the state money and be more efficient.”A concern that Sproul doesn’t think outweighs what students would miss at school. “You really can’t put a price tag on your life, or the safety and education you’re going to learn in the classroom.”