SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Legislation allowing for distance-learning driver’s education sponsored by State Rep. Jonathan Carroll, D-Northbrook, passed the Illinois legislature this session.
“While most education happens face-to-face in the classroom, the internet has changed how instruction can occur,” said Carroll. “We must take advantage of the opportunities the internet has given us in expanding access and availability of the classroom.”
Carroll sponsored House Bill 2087, which allows students to take driver’s education courses through a distance learning program with permission of the school administration, the teacher and the student’s parent or guardian. This law does not change requirements for a minimum of six hours of individual behind-the-wheel instruction with a certified instructor. Last month, the legislation passed the General Assembly with bipartisan and is awaiting signature by Governor J.B. Pritzker.
“Learning to safely and legally drive a vehicle is an essential skill in many communities and many careers,” said Carroll. “We must allow students to have all the options available to them to participate in driver’s education courses.”