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Bad Driver School

December 30th, 2009 by flanews

Floridas worst drivers will soon be heading back to class. A new law going into effect January 1st requires people who cause three wrecks in three years to take an intensive driving course. As Whitney Ray tells us, theyll also have to pay hundreds of dollars for the class.

If you rack up wrecks faster than birthdays grab your book bag, youre heading back to class. Starting Friday, Florida drivers who cause three wrecks in a three year period will be forced to take an intensive driving course.

We believe that with the class, that does say you have to take some time behind the wheel, that we will help these drivers become better on the road, said Ann Nucatola, a spokeswoman with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles

Since 2006, more than 3,200 Florida drivers have each caused three or more wrecks. The wrecks are costing taxpayers millions for first responders, clean up crews, and road repairs. Its also costing lives. An estimated 3,000 people die on Floridas roadways every year.

Celeste Stroh, became a more cautious drivers once she became a mom. She says everyone could benefit from a drivers course.

I think education is good at anytime, and for a lot of people you know, if you took drivers education it was a long time ago, said Celeste.

Retired police officer Sandra Baker says bad drivers should be taken off the road long before they cause their third wreck.

If you have had two wrecks you have no business driving. You are not looking out for yourself or anyone else around you, said Baker.

While bad drivers wont lose their license they will pay plenty in fines and insurance premiums, also the class theyll be required to take will cost them around five hundred dollars.

The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles estimates one thousand Florida drivers will cause their third wreck in 2010 and be forced to take the class.

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