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Deborah Andreoli

CLIU Driver’s Licensing Change

In November of 2011, within the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Bureau of Licensing informed the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 (CLIU 21) that before a driver’s test may be given, a student must first complete the classroom theory class before a CLIU driving instructor may issue the actual Behind the Wheel (BTW) driver’s licensing test.

Parkland realizes that some of our students engaged in the CLIU’s BTW program for the first semester may not be scheduled for the classroom theory course until second semester. If this is the case, you may inform your BTW instructor at the CLIU of this conflict, take the sixth BTW lesson with the CLIU to receive your BTW Certificate and take the driver’s test at the DMV with one of their driving examiners. The law maintains that a state examiner may issue the driver’s test to a student without the completion of the theory course but a driver’s education instructor may not.

Additionally, CLIU offers an online theory course for a fee. Please inquire at CLIU if interested in taking their online theory course.

Recent Laws Signed to Enhance Highway Safety

In an effort to enhance safety on Pennsylvania roads, Governor Tom Corbett recently signed two measures into law that affect drivers of all ages.

  1. One law changes the Vehicle Code involving graduated driver licensing requirements, passenger restrictions for junior drivers and passenger restraint laws.The new teen driver and seat-belt rules take effect on Dec. 24, 2011.
  2. The other law prohibits drivers from using an Interactive Wireless Communication Device (IWCD) to send, read or write a text-based communication while his or her vehicle is in motion. The law prohibiting text-based communication while driving goes into effect March 8, 2012.

For more information on both of these laws, visit the Penn DOT web site at www.dot.state.pa.us and look at the fact sheets under “News & Media.”

Driver Education & Classroom Links

Drivers Education Parent Forum Handout
Handout encompasses entire program

Driver Education Theory Class

  • This course is offered in tenth grade to all students.
  • It is also offered in the summer, lasting 3 hours a day for a two week period. Depending upon the number of students interested it may be offered twice during the summer vacation. There is a fee if the theory course is taken during the summer.
  • In order to qualify for the Drivers Education Certification Certificate students must complete a minimum of 30 classroom hours.

Driver Education Course Listing

026 Driver Education--Theory 2 Dbl. Per./1 Semester .25 Credit Grade 10

The Driver Education program consists of both classroom and practice driving instruction. The classroom course, which is offered in the tenth grade, emphasizes sound principles of highway safety, students responsibility in the operation of a motor vehicle, and endeavors to show students the effect of physical, mental, and emotional traits on safety. This course includes presentations and discussions on defensive driving, alcohol and drugs, traffic laws and enforcement, driving attitudes, automobile insurance, vehicle maintenance, driver fitness, pedestrian safety, and basic and advanced driving techniques.

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Parkland High School Driver Education Program

The Parkland High School Driver Education Program consists of both classroom theory and behind-the-wheel practice driving instruction. 

The classroom theory course emphasizes to our students the  sound principles of highway safety along with the responsibility in operating a motor vehicle. The theory course endeavors to show students the effect of physical, mental, and emotional traits on safety.  This course includes presentations and discussions on defensive driving, alcohol & drugs, traffic laws and enforcement, driving attitudes, automobile insurance, vehicle maintenance, driver fitness, pedestrian safety, and basic & advance driving techniques. 

The behind-the-wheel driver training instruction is considered an extension of the classroom.  It provides the beginning driver the opportunity to apply, practice, and be evaluated on the various skills needed for driving.  The instruction is given in a dual-control car, which has a brake pedal for the instructor's use as well as other special safety equipment.

Our goal in giving this course is to prepare competent, skillful, and responsible young drivers who will have the right attitude towards safe driving and will, therefore assist in reducing accidents on the streets and highways.

Driver Training Links (Behind the Wheel)

CLIU 21 Behind the Wheel Drivers Training

  • Students and parents interested in the Behind-the-Wheel program may register and sign up for lessons on the CLIU web site.
  • Access to the CLIU 21 web site is linked above. 
  • All questions regarding the behind-the-wheel program should be directed to the CLIU 21.
  • There is a link on their page for questions.

End of Skills License Test & Classroom Completion Info

In November of 2011, within the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Bureau of Licensing informed the Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit 21 (CLIU 21) that before a driver’s test may be given, a student must first complete the classroom theory class before a CLIU driving instructor may issue the actual Behind the Wheel (BTW) driver’s licensing test.

Parkland realizes that some of our students engaged in the CLIU’s BTW program for the first semester may not be scheduled for the classroom theory course until second semester. If this is the case, you may inform your BTW instructor at the CLIU of this conflict, take the sixth BTW lesson with the CLIU to receive your BTW Certificate and take the driver’s test at the DMV with one of their driving examiners. The law maintains that a state examiner may issue the driver’s test to a student without the completion of the theory course but a driver’s education instructor may not.

Additionally, CLIU offers an online theory course for a fee. Please inquire at CLIU if interested in taking their online theory cours

Permit and Licensing Information

PA Department of Motor Vehicles Info

Driving Training

Car Insurance.org
This is an outstanding web site for all kinds of car information, including from parts description, car history and alternative fuel.

Ford Driving Skills Web Site
This site has two activities. The first is a memory game with interesting driving facts & tips. The second is a driving game that utilizes the arrow keys to move the vehicle.

TEXT and DRIVE, we think not!
Are you one of those people who think they can text and drive? Give it a try and see how dangerous it is. 
This site is from the NY times.