Driver’s education lessons are back for Marion County students this summer

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:43 PM EDT
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OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) - Driver’s education is back for Marion County students this summer after being canceled last year due to the pandemic.

The three week program is free for the students who signed up in April.

The program is funded through the ‘Dori Slosberg Driver Education Safety Act’, which was enacted into law in 2004, so the cars, textbooks, and other equipment is covered for student use.

At Forest High School they learn between eight to 10 different maneuvers on the course.

“A lot of things are on their operators test so we trying to get them use to that, but the main thing is to teach them safety,” Instructor Craig Cushenbery said.

Kania Dean and her sister Mackenzie are taking the class together this summer. They said they’re excited to have some independence.

“I want to drive to football games by myself, and with friends but safe driving of course and to the mall,” Kania said.

20 students at a time participate in each session. All seven Marion County high schools are offering driver’s education classes this summer.

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