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Decline in driver's licenses

Postby kurt_w » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:18 pm

This surprised me:

The Slow Death of the Driver's License

There's been a long-term decline in the number of people getting driver's licenses. This is especially true for teenagers, but even among people in their 30s, over 10% now don't have driver's licenses.

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What's driving that trend (pun not intended...)? Proportionately more young people living in urban areas with mass transit and fewer out in the Great Plains? Too expensive to own a car during hard economic times? Too many people losing their licenses after driving drunk? Parents still ferrying their 30-year-olds around? Or more and more people are just staying home and using facebook or twitter or the DPF?

Even if you don't own a car, I'd think that most places it would still be helpful to have a license, so you can rent a zipcar or borrow a friend's car or whatever, as needed.
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Re: Decline in driver's licenses

Postby fennel » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:29 pm

How long has it been the case, in Wisconsin, that driver's ed is no longer part of the public school system?
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Re: Decline in driver's licenses

Postby rabble » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:12 pm

fennel wrote:How long has it been the case, in Wisconsin, that driver's ed is no longer part of the public school system?

What? They don't teach Driver's Ed in school any more?
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Re: Decline in driver's licenses

Postby fennel » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:22 pm

rabble wrote:
fennel wrote:How long has it been the case, in Wisconsin, that driver's ed is no longer part of the public school system?
What? They don't teach Driver's Ed in school any more?
That's what I've heard. I don't know if it's generally true, but I did find this notice for James Madison High School. And there was something similar for Verona.
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Re: Decline in driver's licenses

Postby pattymcnutt » Sun Mar 17, 2013 4:44 pm

It's true, most districts don't offer Driver's Ed anymore- I know my district contracts with CESA 2 to do it, but that costs the kids somewhere around $400 for the classroom and on the road experience. Private driving schools aren't much cheaper. The majority of my students wait until they are 18 to get their temps because they can't afford to take driver's ed. Add to that the cost of insurance for a teenage driver and a lot of families just can't afford to have their kids get licenses.
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Re: Decline in driver's licenses

Postby SidSeven » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:09 am

Maybe they are all saving their money for concealed carry permits?
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