More driver training considered for new law

Lawmakers still are studying drafts of the new traffic law, and a highway department legal adviser testified Monday that more driver education should be mandated.

The witness, Carlos Rivas, is the legal director for the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad. He told the special commission studying the traffic law that current educational requirements were inadequate. He suggested that public school students should get courses on highway rules and safety.

Since 1984 highway education has been a shared responsibility of the Consejo de Seguridad Vial, the Minsiterio de Educación Pública and the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje. He said that the booklet learners get is not enough, but he hesitated to insert major changes in the traffic law. The only new requirement is a special class for negligent drivers, he noted.

He did suggest that the theoretical driving class could be given in the secondary schools followed by a test, which would count toward a license.

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