COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- The state is making adjustments to the drivers education curriculum.
Ohio has just wrapped up a review of drivers education courses, something that happens every 10 years. Any changes will go into effect at the end of the year.
"In between, however, if there are any changes that come out whether it be a law or technology changes or anything like that, we will update the curriculum," said Valerie Luptak, driver-training program manager for the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.
One of the adjustments came after the 2012 texting while driving law took effect. It bans electronic devices from being used by drivers. It's a primary offense for drivers under 18, but a secondary offense for others. Other changes were made after the state upped speed limits on some interstate and major highways.
The current review has wrapped up and Luptak says it will be ready for use at the end of the year.
While the curriculum tells driving instructors what to teach, Luptak says it's up to them to come up with their own methods.
"We don't really regulate how they teach their classrooms we give them the tools they need to make it engaging, to change it up and reach out to every type of learner that we have out there," she said.
Also new this year, online driver's training. It's available through a handful of programs around the state. Luptak says this new generation of drivers learns different than their parents and grandparents.
"When we read our books we read from left to right. It was black print on a white background. Simple. To them: absolutely boring," she said.
While some things remain, most of what new drivers are learning has changed in the way it's taught.
Classroom time is balanced with road time, but while being in the car is more effective, it's also more costly. The state requires new drivers to complete 24 hours of classroom time and 8 hours in the car with an accredited driving school. There's also a requirement of 50 hours on the road with a parent or legal guardian before a license can be issued to juveniles.
"So it's going to have a big impact upon our schools, but their customers as well," she said.
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