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Guinan, Mr. Richard



Looking for information on Behind the Wheel Driver Training?

Please visit the high school main office to obtain the form to enroll in this program. We recommend that you pick up the form as soon as you receive your Pa. Learner's Permit and submit your enrollment form as soon as possible. Please bring your permit with you when picking up the form. You must have a valid Pa. Learner's Permit, be a district resident, pay the $255.00 (as of July 1, 2011) enrollment fee and complete the required paperwork. One of our instructors will contact you to schedule your driving times. Our instructors recommend that you have 20 - 30 hours of driving practice before you report for your first session with us. Be safe, drive well and buckle up!

GOT YOUR LEARNER'S PERMIT DURING THE SUMMER? GOOD NEWS: You can still sign up for the BTW program! The High School main office is open during the summer months. We advise calling ahead: 717-846-6789 ext. 1309 as hours may vary.


Effective March 1, 2011

Each student participating in this program will be required to perform BOTH 6 hours of driving time AND up to 6 hours of observation for a total of approximately 12 hours. Students will be scheduled to drive in pairs for each session. Your instructor will inform you of how he or she will coordinate the schedule for your sessions. Please be aware that the necessity to re-schedule your driving session may occur. Your instructor will make every effort to contact you in a timely manner. If you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, we ask that you contact your instructor as soon as possible.


Act 81 of 2011 FACT SHEET

Changes Affecting Graduated Driver Licensing and Passenger Restraint Laws

In an effort to enhance safety on Pennsylvania roads, Governor Corbett and the Legislature have agreed on changes to the Vehicle Code involving graduated driver licensing requirements, passenger restrictions for junior drivers and passenger restraint laws. The new rules in Act 81 of 2011 take effect on Dec. 24, 2011. The changes to the law were initiated to help junior drivers receive more comprehensive training, ease young driver distractions through limiting the number of passengers they may carry and improve general highway safety through improvements to passenger restraint laws.

Changes to Junior Driver Training

Act 81 increases supervised, behind-the-wheel skill building for learner’s permit holders under 18 years of age from 50 hours to 65 hours. Ten of the added hours will consist of nighttime driving, while the other five additional hours must be driven in poor weather conditions.

Learner’s permit holders who have taken their on the road driving skills test before the law’s effective date of Dec. 24, 2011 only need to complete the present requirement of 50 hours of supervised training. However, learner’s permit holders who have not passed the on the road driving skills test before Dec. 24, 2011 will have to meet the new requirement of 65 total hours of supervised skill building training – including the ten nighttime hours and five poor weather hours of driving - before they are authorized to take the driving skills portion of their driver’s test to receive their junior license.

Changes to Junior Driver Passenger Restrictions

Act 81 places increased restrictions on the number and age of passengers which a junior driver license holder may transport. Current law limits drivers under the age of 18 to transporting no more passengers than the number of seat belts in the vehicle.

As of Dec. 24, 2011, for the first six months after receiving their junior driver’s license, a driver is not permitted to have more than one passenger under age 18 who is not an immediate family member (brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister of the junior driver and adopted or foster children living in the same household as the junior driver) in their vehicle unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. If they have not been convicted of a driving violation or been partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash after six months, they may have up to three passengers under age 18 who are not immediate family members without a parent or legal guardian present. If they have any convictions or are partially or fully responsible for a reportable crash while a junior driver, they are once again restricted to one passenger.

Changes to Seat Belt Requirements

Drivers and occupants in a vehicle who are under the age of 18 must wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat belt, and children under the age of eight must be securely fastened in a child restraint system. Failure to comply with the new law’s seat belt provisions is a primary offense, meaning that a driver can be pulled over and cited solely for that violation.

You will be given a Pa. Driver Manual in class to use. Please bring it with with you daily!

Driver Education
Driver Education will include practical information on many topics related to young drivers and the issues they face. Topics will include:
* Safety and Prevention
* Speed Control
* Seat belts
* Driving Under the Influence
* Perception
* Decision Making
* Responsibility
* Crashes
* Weather and its effects upon driving
* Map skills
* Mechanical Basics
* Risk Management
* Traffic Signs, Signals and Markings
* Graduated Driver Licensing Requirements
* Defensive Driving
* Buying a Car Project: (Trade-in, financing, insurance, safety ratings)

Students will be required to bring with them daily the Pa. Driver's Manual, one copy will be provided.

We will have a presentation from the Springettsbury Township Police Department's School Resource Officer on "Survival 101" regarding crashes and their effects upon drivers.
Students will be required to bring to class 3 articles related to a motor vehicle crash. The article may be from anywhere in America. Newspapers or Internet articles are both acceptable sources. Electronic versions of the articles may be stored on the student's device.
Students will work in groups examining these crashes and develop an effective oral presentation for the class.

Teen Drivers and Seat Belts:
Students will design an "mini" I-Movie trailer presentation in an effort to educate peers about the use of seat belts. This will also serve to prepare the student for the next project.

I-Movie Public Service Announcement Project:
Students will develop a public service announcement using I-Movie software. A list of potential topics will be provided.

Buying A Car Project:
Students will explore the world of buying a car. Students will virtually trade-in a car, buy another vehicle, secure insurance, research safety ratings and examine potential "scams" that exist during this process. A monthly budget will be provided for this "purchase".

Web Site:
We have designed a student directed and generated web page for our class. This includes excellent examples of the great work our students do and provides a community resource.

Simulated DUI Field Sobriety Testing:
Students will participate in a simulated field sobriety exercise to highlight the real dangers of driving under the influence.

Google Maps Project;
Students will use Google maps as a tool to help plan trips to various destinations.
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