Raleigh gets grant for teen driving instruction

Posted November 1, 2011

— The City of Raleigh has received a $17,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation for the Raleigh Youth Council Teen Safe Driving Initiative.


The Teen Safe Driving Initiative is a comprehensive project that is designed to change teenagers’ behaviors and attitudes to reduce their risks while operating a motor vehicle. The Youth Council will partner with the City of Raleigh Police Department, local high schools, local media and other youth organizations to implement the project.


City of Raleigh Police officers will assist the Parks and Recreation Department staff with classroom instruction. Teens enrolled will participate in discussion groups and incorporate their learning into peer-to-peer safe driving education projects.


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  • ProudBlackSingleMother Nov 8, 2011

    Did someone sneeze?

  • ljordan4 Nov 8, 2011

    As owner and president of Jordan Driving School,I would like to say that all of my instructors are screened, trained and professionally selected. Most are SDPI certified and all have the students' best interest at heart. We feel that our school is the top driving school in the state. We welcome phone calls from anyone who would like to discuss our program or how we can improve on it. We are not in favor of the new fee that has been put into law; we are in favor of continuously improving the quality of Driver Education. We know we cannot teach a student everything they need to be a qualified driver in 6 hours, so we have a pace program that guarantees that each student is given lessons on the basics of safe driving. Our parent teen manual that we wrote, developed and give to each student after the driving phase helps parents continue to work with their child after their instruction is complete. I am proud of the JDS program and the teachers who train the students in Wake County.

  • hoopster Nov 8, 2011

    We also spend 30 hours of classroom instruction along with 12 hours of Behind the Wheel Training. The 12 hours is broken up into 6 hours of actual driving and 6 hours of observing.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Nov 8, 2011

    12 hours of instruction is not worth the money the tax payers spend on it,so abolish it and use it for something more useful.

  • hoopster Nov 8, 2011

    Driver Education is not the reason people drive like fools when we get a little rain.They drive like that because they choose to drive that way. As a 12 year driver education instructor, I do not know of anyone who teaches students bad habits when it comes to driving. Those habits are formed while riding with others.As you are aware, we only spend 12 hours with them in the car.Again, this is really a simulation because most drivers are award that there is driver education sign on top of the vehicle.They are extra careful when they approach or see this vehicle.The instruction that is given is not the problem with student drivers.They do not drive erractic because they are being graded.These are the behaviors that we as instructors do not see.If we would observe these types of behaviors, we would alert parents to these behaviors. Most of the behaviors that you see on the road are developed because of the lack of supervision.Even with parents, students are on their best behavior.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Nov 7, 2011

    These Driver's Ed teachers do not teach these kids anything, thats why people drive like fools when we get a little rain.

    I also see a lot of accidents where people put 2 tires off the road then fight the car back onto the pavement which is what you are NOT supposed to do.

    This and more is why we need an overhaul and get a real driver's ed program in our state.

  • jrcanes14 Nov 7, 2011

    My mother taught me to be a better driver on a dirt road sitting on her lap at the age of seven, than those 6 hours with my instructor at Jordan driving school. I will not bash Jordan in general, but my instructor was so rude I was in tears by the third day. It wasn't a positive experience.

  • ussenterp65 Nov 7, 2011

    then what are people paying these drivers ed companies for if they arent giving them real world experience, isnt that what they are getting paid to do? if not then why not the parents just save their money and do it theirself.

  • hoopster Nov 4, 2011

    Teach your child how to drive and be a productive citizen in our society. We will certainly do our best at getting them acquainted with the car.

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Nov 2, 2011

    Ignorance is bliss.