Traffic Safety Program
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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) states on their website..."According to recent research of teen views on driving, teens who say their parents set rules and pay attendtion to their activities in a helpful, supportive way are half as likely to be in a crash. This balanced approach to parenting is called "authoritative parenting."
To learn the facts and get more advice about teen driver safety, visit the "Links" page. Start with visiting the two websites... www.teendriversource.org and www.statefarm.com/teendriving. Then choose from over 30 other links to increase your knowledge about teen driving.
PARENT/ STUDENT MEETING/ a first step in the teen driving journey
Each quarter, a Parent/ Student Meeting is conducted for all students and parent(s)/guardian(s). The meeting is held in the B-EHS Library from 6:45-8:00 PM. This is considered the first class meeting and attendance will be taken. About one week prior to the beginning of class, enrolled students/parent(s) will receive via mail, a reminder letter/ memo detailing the meeting's agenda. For more information about this evening, please select the link "Parent/Student Meeting" from the home page.
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW (from WA Parent Guide to Teen Driving...DOL)
Driving can be a dangerous activity for anyone; however, it is more dangerous for young drivers. Novice teen drivers are involved in collisions more than any other age group. These are some of the reasons:
Young age/ Lack of maturity: Teenagers can make more errors in judgment than those in other age groups. Be aware that your teen is likely to drive differently and to take more risks when you are not in the vehicle.
Brain development: Teens should be the world's best drivers. Their muscles are well toned, their reaction time is quick, and their eye-hand coordination is at a peak. Yet collisions kill more teens than any other cause--a problem, some researchers believe, that is rooted in the adolescent brain. A National Institutes of Health study suggests that the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until age 25.
Risky driving behavior: Teenagers may engage in risky driving behaviors. These include speeding, running red and yellow lights, running stop signs, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, not keeping a safe distance for merging or changing lanes, misjudging gaps in traffic, and misjudging the capability of their vehicle.
Distractions: Any new or inexperienced driver is challenged when faced with distractions while driving. Music, cell phones, pets, and passengers should be left at home while your teen is learning to drive.
WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE PARENT IN THE WORLD OF TEEN DRIVING?
Become familiar with the TSE text, Drive Right; the WA State Driver's Guide; and the WA Parent Guide to Teen Driving...learn what your teen is learning...take a scholarly interest
Make yourself available by setting aside time for discussion and practice
Determine a goal for each drive
Plan each session based on the skill level of your teen driver
Know the intermediate license laws...visit the WA Traffic Safety Commission
Know the legal restrictions to earning the intermediate license...visit the WA DOL webpage for special rules for teen drivers.
Know all you can about teen driving...visit the links on this webpage
Supervise your teen's driving
Establish family driving expectations, rules, boundries, guidelines, and limits
Be a good role model while you are driving...set a good, lawful example by following the rules of the road, by not texting or using a cell phone, by wearing a seat belt
Know where your teen is and who your teen is with
Discuss substance abuse and its effect on teenage driving
Discuss passenger education and rules for the passengers while your teen drives
Provide a safe, reliable vehicle for your teen to drive
Realize that your teen is seeking independence so reward responsible behavior with more or greater privileges
Make sure your teen driver is familiar with the controls, gauges, and safety devices
Discuss the many ways to accelerate; many ways to brake; and many ways to steer
Review the dashboard symbols from owner's manual
Assist your teen in completing their driving log...10 hours for our program...50 for the DOL
Point out the various fluids under the hood...their color and function
Help your teen in checking the engine oil and reading the oil dipstick
Allow your teen to complete fuel fill-ups
Compute miles per gallon
Read the Owner Manual section about changing a tire then complete a tire change
TIPS FOR PARENTS
Make sure that family rules are clear from the beginnning in a written, parent-teen contract
Focus on courtesy, concentration, judgment, and responsibility
Be responsive...listen to their complaints and concerns
Be willing to modify goals and expectations to fit your teen driver
Limit teen passengers...it is the law
Be consistent...follow through...let them know you can be counted on for support
Set curfews when necessary
Be positive, be clear, be forgiving
Keep the beginning practice drives short and frequent
Explain often...rather than assume
Allow for your teen to do "commentary driving." As they drive, they are saying outloud what they see, where they are looking, dangers in the driving scene, and what they plan to do
Practice the B-EHS TSE final drive test several times
Remain calm! (Right!...Seriously?)
PARENT/ TEEN CONTRACTS
A contract could be considered a foundation for caring and for trust. It is designed to facilitate communication between teens and their parent(s)/ guardian(s) about potentially destructive decisions related to behavior, driving behavior, peer pressure, as well as alcohol and other drugs. Effective parent - teen communication is critically important in helping young adults to make healthy decisions. The "Contract for Life" by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is an example of such a contract.
Contact your insurance company and let an agent know that you have a beginning teen driver. Then ask for their free teen driver resources and driving contracts.
The B-EHS TSE program will provide sample driving contracts at Parent/ Student Night. A Parent/Student contract is not a "have to" of our program. We offer sample contracts to support family decisons.
TEEN DRIVING FACTS AND FIGURES
"Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death for adolescents. Teen drivers (age 16-19) are involved in fatal crashes at four times the rate of adult drivers (ages 25-69). Most of these crashes are preventable." (CHOP website)
Learn more facts and get advice about teen driver safety at www.teendriversource.org and www.statefarm.com/teendriving.
There are many other useful links on this website to research the facts and figures associated with teen driving.
An important MANDATORY meeting for parent(s) / guardian(s) of TSE students will be held in the B-E Library prior to the start of each TSE class. An agenda will be mailed to parents a week before the meeting. The agenda may also be downloaded or viewed below.
Students are welcomed, encouraged, and EXPECTED to attend. This session is considered the first class meeting and attendance will be taken.
This parent / student orientation meeting will be devoted to a description of our program, instructional materials, permit & license procedures, samples of parent / teen contracts, and tips for parents.
If you are INVOLVED IN A SCHOOL RELATED ACTIVITY AND CANNOT attend the meeting, please notify by call or text to Mary Lynch, Coordinator at 360.540.7777. Handout materials need to be prepared for all. You can see that an accurate count is necessary. As noted, this meeting is the first class session, so attendance will be taken. "Excused" students will need to make up this class as a later date.
$425.00 includes one DOL Knowledge Test and one DOL Skill Test
Tuition is based on what it costs to operate the program. Tuition includes all classroom materials; resources, use of the 2010 Drive Right textbook (web code cyk-9999); traffic safety automobile expenses, and the behind-the-wheel drives.The $425 course fee must be paid in total at the time of enrollment.
Course Fee Refund
Students enrolling may receive a complete refund of the course fee if they withdraw during the first five hours of the class. The fee is not refundable after that time. Partial fees are never granted. In case of course failure; tardiness, lack of attendance; cheating; suspension; and/or expulsion, a student must pay the total fee. If a student wishes to re-enroll into the next available TSE class, a total new fee must be paid.
A $30.00 fee will be charged if a student misses a scheduled drive; gives less than 24 hour notice for last-minute drive cancellations; does not bring required corrective lenses; or does not bring the instructional permit to the drive lesson.
A $50.00 fee will be charged for a damaged or lost textbook.
Additional driving sessions beyond the 6.5 hours included in the original tuition, are available for $30.00 an hour.
A $20 fee is required for a second or subsequent administration of the DOL written/ knowledge test
A $30 fee is required for a second or subsequent administration of the DOL driving skills test
Payments for TSE fees and charges are to be made in the B-EHS Athletic/ Activities Office during normal school hours. Payments of cash, check or money order made out to “B-EHS TSE," will be accepted. The student's "Course Complete" status will not be entered into the DOL website portal until all monies due to B-EHS have been collected.
YOU MAY VIEW / DOWNLOAD THE 2016-17 APPLICATION FORM HERE.
BRING THE COMPLETED FORM, along with the PIC#, TO THE MAIN OFFICE OR MAIL THE FORM AND FEE TO:
ATTN: LISA DRYE
301 N. BURL. BLVD
BURLINGTON, WA 98233
2) The sponsoring program’s rules and regulations must allow the FES to drive in the U.S.
5) The host family will need to supply proof that they have automobile insurance which insures proper coverage for the FES.
6) The host family will need to agree to provide sufficient driving experience for the FES in order to successfully complete the TSE course. This driving time will require a minimum of 50 hours.
In our past experiences with FES applicants, the two areas of: (1) insurance coverage and (2) legality of the host family providing behind-the-wheel practice, are the two areas keeping the FES from enrolling in the program.
Many FES programs DO NOT allow the FES to practice drive with the host parents. Check this out carefully with the foreign exchange program agency before trying to enroll a FES.
7) The enrollment of a FES should not displace another B-EHS student who would have turned 16 years of age during the specific TSE class.
The instruction permit, valid for one year and one renewal, may only be gained by visiting a DOL office. There are two main methods of gaining the permit.
All students younger than 15 and a half must get the permit by the “e-waiver” process. Once the course fee and application has been turned in, the student's PIC # will be entered into the DOL Portal by Lisa Drye, Athletic/ Activities Office
For most students, Method #2 is recommended...
The student visits the Mount Vernon DOL office to secure a Washington State Driver’s Guide. The student studies the guide and must be at least 15 and one-half years of age to take the DOL written/knowledge test on the B-EHS campus. The student goes to the B-EHS Athletic/Activities Office to pick up a "Parental Authorization" form. The student completes the form and returns it to the Athletic/Activities Office, along with the $20 test fee. The test is administered by a TSE staff member, usually the first Tuesday evening of each month, or by appointment. This test will be taken as a 25 items/multiple choice, written test on paper. A score of 80% or better is required and the B-EHS TSE staff will enter the score into the DOL Portal. The student then must visit the Mount Vernon Department Of Licensing Office bringing their Birth Certificate, Social Security Number and Proof of Parent Relationship to receive a plastic instruction permit with photo after paying a $25 fee and having your eyes checked.
For a student NOT passing the DOL written test, a $20 fee is required for each/every subsequent test.
If a student does not want to take the written / computer test, the student enrolls in a Traffic Safety Education class. B-EHS will enter the B-EHS course information in the DOL Portal. This proof of enrollment is required to waive/postpone the knowledge test until the student completes the classroom portion of TSE. With proper proof of identification, parent and student visit the local DOL Office, and an instruction permit with photo is issued after paying a $25 fee at the DOL office.
Students/parents have a 20 day window to secure the Washington State Instruction Permit...10 days BEFORE the date of the Parent Night Meeting to 10 days AFTER the Parent Night Meeting. THIS IS A MUST! NO EXCEPTIONS! Any student NOT completing this obligation will be dropped from the TSE program ON THE 11TH DAY AFTER THE PARENT NIGHT MEETING DATE. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN!
| How to apply for an instruction permit |
B-EHS TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION
OVERVIEW/ BIG PICTURE
Below is listed the necessary steps to complete TSE at B-EHS…
1.Apply to TSE program by completing and submitting an application from the Activities Office
2.Supply a PIC # on the application...accuracy is a must…turn in application and $425 to Office
3.Get your permit (from 10 days before Parent night to 10 days after class starts)
4.Complete the 30 hour classroom portion within maximum 5 months from the Parent Night Meeting date.
5.Complete the 6 hours behind-the-wheel portion within maximum 5 months from the Parent Night Meeting date...(bring the permit HARD COPY for each drive, as the paper permit has an expiration date)
6.Pass (80%+) the TSE drive test with your driving instructor; planned route…45 min. through Burlington and onto I-5 N and back to B-EHS…students use “commentary driving.” ...within maximum 5 months from the Parent Night Meeting date.
7.Complete the 6 hours back seat observation within maximum 5 months from the Parent Night Meeting date
8.Pay for any fines…lost or damaged books, missed drives, no permit, etc.
9.Pay for any extra drives beyond 6.5 hours
10.Pass (80%+) the DOL written/ knowledge test…given after the last day of class OR on the first (1st) Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM/ Room 520. DOL Written/ Knowledge Testing must be successfully completed within 6 months from the Parent Night Meeting date.
11.Pass the DOL driving skills test (80%+)…20+ minutes/ unannounced route. DOL Drive Skills Testing must be successfully completed within 6 months from the Parent Night Meeting date.
12.The results of completing the TSE course; DOL written test; and DOL driving test are entered into the DOL Portal by the respective instructor/examiner.
13.Students must turn 16 years of age
14.Students must have had their permit for 6 months
15.Students must accumulate at least 50 hours of driving practice. 10 hours need to be dark driving. Students should LOG their time.
16.When all of the above items have been completed, visit any DOL Office, making sure to bring proof of ID…OR if you have your picture on your permit, GO ONLINE to process.
17.Pay $35 License Application Fee to the DOL.
18.Provide your Social Security # (or sign a declaration if you do not have a SSN).
19.Have a photo taken at the DOL
20.Pay a $54 License Fee…good for 6 years ($9 x 6 years = $54)
21.Students earn the vertical Intermediate License and the hardcopy will be sent within a week.
If you have concerns or questions, text or call Ms. Mary Lynch, TSE Coordinator 360.540.7777
Burlington -Edison High School
301 North Burlington Blvd.
(360) 540.7777 Please text or call...do not leave voice messages at B-EHS
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During the 2016-17 school year, the DOL will be given the first TUESDAY of every month, except April and July, due to Spring Break and the Fourth of July Holiday. In these two months, the DOL test will be offered the second week in April and July.
Testing is in Room 520...$20 for retests...bring a check ("B-EHS TSE") or exact cash...bring your permit...come 10 minutes early
Testing starts promptly at 6:00 PM. Those showing up later than 6:00 PM, will NOT be able to test.
Call Mary Lynch, 360.540.777 with questions or concerns.
STUDENTS/PARENTS SHOULD PICK UP TWO (2) BOOKLETS AT THE DOL OFFICE WHEN GETTING THE PERMIT: (1) GET THE "WASHINGTON DRIVER GUIDE;" AND "THE PARENT'S SUPERVISED DRIVING PROGRAM. (60 pp)" BOTH OF THESE BOOKS ARE USED IN OUR TSE PROGRAM
The DOL knowledge/written test is administered to qualifying students at the end of each TSE class session, on campus, in the Spanish/TSE room #520.
If a student is in need of a temporary use of a DOL Manual, i.e. to study for an upcoming test, several are ready for student check-out from the B-EHS Library.
When the test is given at the end of a TSE class session, it is administered by the classroom teacher, usually on the last day of class, duing the regularly schduled classtime, be it before school, after school, or in the evening. Students must have 100% of the classroom sucessfully completed in order to take the test.
The price of ONE written test is included in the TSE course fee. Any subsequent DOL written test will incure a $20 additional fee. The test consists of 40 multiple choice questions...at least 32/40 must be correct for 80%. Once passed, the test administrator will enter the results of the test into the DOL Portal.
The DOL Knowledge Test changed to a 40 question format beginning August 15, 2016.
For students wishing to take a retest, see Lisa Drye in the Athletic/Activities Office to get a parent authorization form in order to take the DOL written test.
It is recommended that students study the DOL Manual thoroughly prior to taking the written test. Students may wish to go online to practice for the DOL Knowledge/Written exam. Two free websites are www.dmv-written-test.com/washington and http://driversprep.com/washington. These two sites offer hundreds of questions and answers. Most questions are based on the 2014 Driver Guide from the Washington Department of Licensing. They cover most topics, including the rules of the road and road signs.
Students who are at least 15 and one-half, and wanting to get the intermediate permit, but not wishing to take a Traffic Safety Education class at this time, may take the DOL written test. See Lisa Drye in the Athletic/Activities Office to get a parent authorization form in order to take the DOL written test.
The DOL knowledge/written test is given the first Tuesday of every month throughout the entire year. The test begins at 6:00 PM promptly. Students arriving after 6:00 PM WILL NOT be able to take test. Arrival to room #520 by 5:45-5:50 PM is strongly recommended.
Students must bring their permit to the test for ID purposes and proof of permit. Also bring a pencil with eraser. No permit...no test.
Cell phones must be turned OFF and stored in one location designated by the test administrator. Any bags or materials will be placed at the back of the room.
Students doing a retake, must bring a receipt, or $20 cash, or a check made out to "B-EHS TSE."
The test is NOT a timed test. Students usually finish the test in 30-45 minutes. Once all students have completed the test, the test results are given to each student individually.
Students who passed the written test, will leave with a sheet explaining the next steps to take in order to schedule the DOL driving skills test.
Students who DID NOT PASS the written test, will leave with a sheet explaining the next steps to take in order to schedule a DOL written retest.
The following dates are when the DOL Written/Knowledge test will be given at 6:00 PM in room #520 during the 2015-16 School Year:
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Tuesday, December 6,2016
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (no first Tuesday...April 4 testing during spring break)
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (no first Tuesday...July 4 testing...holiday)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
There may be special, emergency situations where testing will be done by appointment. In that case, text Ms. Mary Lynch at 360.540.7777.
The steps remaining to gain the WA State Intermediate License may include:
- Paying any no-show fines, lost or damaged TSE book, etc.
- Complete all 7 behind-the-wheel drives with the driving instructor
- Complete TSE driving test #9...the memorized test route through Burlington & I-5...requires 80% minimum score
- Complete the DOL written test
- Complete the DOL driving skills test
- Turn 16 years of age
- Have your permit for at least 6 months
- Accumulate & log 50 hours of driving practice
- If your picture is not on your permit, visit any DOL Office, making sure to bring proof of ID
- If your picture is on your permit, you may intermediate license application process can all be completed on line
- Pay $35 License Application Fee to the DOL
- Pass a vision screening test
- have your photo taken, if you do not have a photo on your permit
- Pay a $54 License Fee, which is good for 6 years ($9 per year x 6 years)
Text this number if you have concerns or questions about the DOL written test.
Insurance Guide to Teen Driving in Washington
Crashes, Car Insurance and Beyond: The High Toll of Distracted Driving
Teens and Car Insurance: A Guide for New Drivers and Their Parents
Practice DOL Knowledge/Written Exam (Site #2)
The Parent's (& Student's) Supervised Driving Program/WA DOL & State Farm
Practice DOL Knowledge/Written Exam (Site #1)
Child, Auto, and Road Safety...with a British slant
Pedestrian Safety...Great for Auto Drivers to Know
Auto Purchase, Auto Insurance; Driving Skills; Safety with a European Slant
Andy Pilgrim...British Racer...PLEASE READ/ PARENT DRIVING ZONE
Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers
Protecting Yourself from Road Rage
Drive Right Textbook
DOL Teen Website
Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC)
|Car crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury for Washington teens.|
Focus Driven Cell Phone
|Safe driving pledge; no phone zone|
Teen Driver Source/ Parent & Passenger Education
Operation Life Saver/ Reducing R/R Collisions
AAA...Safe Teen Driving
|Guide to teen driving safety; Keys2DRIVE|
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety/ Vehicle Ratings & Stats
Allstate Insurance/Safe Driving Tips for Parents & Teens
Progressive Insurance/ Teen Driving & Risk Factors
I Promise Program/ Teen Safe Driving Contract
National Safety Council/ Defensive, Distracted & Teen Driving
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety/ Distracted, Drowsy & Aggessive Driving
The $425 enrollment fee includes one DOL knowledge test and one DOL driving skills test administered by B-EHS Staff
A second or subsequent DOL written test requires a fee of $20 paid to Lisa Drye in the Athletic/ Activities Office
A second or subsequent DOL driving test requires a fee of $30 paid to Lisa Drye in the Athletic/ Activities Office
Accepted payment methods are by cash, by money order, or by a check payable to "B-EHS TSE."
The Department of Licensing reserves the right to conduct random knowledge and driving skills test re-examinations; applicants refusing to take the re-examination may have their license revoked.