Board hears report on driver's education program
The Idaho Transportation Board took advantage of a day-long workshop before its monthly meeting last week to become better acquainted with a number of the departments current projects.
Meeting Thursday (Oct. 7) at Headquarters board members learned about the driver education program, administered by the Department of Education. Driver education is required for anyone under 17 years of age who is applying for an Idaho drivers license.
The Department of Education provides approved courses through commercial and public schools. Idaho school districts offer driver training programs in cooperation with the Department of Education. The courses are open to all Idaho residents between the ages of 14 1/2 and 21 years of age, even if they are not public school students. At age 15, students may get a license if they complete the education and the Graduated Driver Licensing law requirements.
In FY04, 17,312 students completed driver education training, which represents 83 percent of the eligible students.
AMBER Alert Grant
AMBER, which stands for Americas Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, was named after Amber Hagerman who was abducted and murdered in 1996. The AMBER program provides grants to states for installing DMS and Highway Advisory Radio equipment necessary to issue AMBER Alerts.
The $400,000 federal grant requires a 20 percent match of $100,000. ITD staff requested projects to replace an obsolete DMS on I-90 near Osburn and to replace obsolete signs at three locations on I-84 in District 4.
Additional Hearing Officers
Board members expressed their appreciation for the employees willingness to serve as hearings officers. It also recognized Gaye Hunsperger, who recently stepped down as a hearings officer. Hunsperger plans to retire soon and said she could not continue serving.