Chapter 4501-54 Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Courses for Drivers Sixty and Over

4501-54-01 Scope of rules.

Rules 4501-54-01 to 4501-54-08 of the Administrative Code govern the procedures and requirements for applicants applying for approval to offer a motor vehicle accident prevention course for drivers age sixty or older and govern the requirements for successful completion of the course by participants.

Effective: 04/17/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2013 and 11/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3937.43
Rule Amplifies: 3937.43
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/93, 7/12/08

4501-54-02 Definitions.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this chapter, see paragraph (M) of this rule.]

As used in Chapter 4501-54 of the Administrative Code:

(A) "Authorizing official" means any person who owns or who maintains responsibility on behalf of an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, or an association for the facilities, equipment, instructors, managers and other employees of a mature driver enterprise.

(B) "Certificate of Operation" means the approval of an enterprise to operate a mature operator program as provided by the director of the department of public safety.

(C) "Course or mature driver course" means the motor vehicle accident prevention course for drivers age sixty or older.

(D) "Course instructor" means the individual designated by the course operator to conduct the motor vehicle accident prevention course for drivers age sixty or older.

(E) "Course operator" means the person approved by the director of the department of public safety to operate a motor vehicle accident prevention course for drivers age sixty or older.

(F) "Course records" mean the course curriculum, all course materials, instructor's guides, copies of written examinations, and examination scores.

(G) "Director" means the director of the department of public safety.

(H) "Drug use" means the use of prescription or nonprescription drugs.

(I) "Enterprise" means the business approved by the director of the department of public safety to operate a motor vehicle accident prevention course for drivers age sixty or older.

(J) "Participant or student" means a person age sixty or older taking the motor vehicle accident prevention course.

(K) "Skills demonstration" means the portion of the mature operator course that requires the participant to demonstrate the ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control in the operation of a motor vehicle.

(L) "Written exercise" means a written quiz that tests the participant's knowledge based on the classroom instruction of the course.

(M) Incorporated by reference. This chapter includes material that has been incorporated by reference. If the material is subject to change, only the specific version listed in this rule is incorporated. Any revision to the referenced material is not incorporated unless and until this rule has been amended to specify the new date.

(1) "Mature Driver Course Completion Certificate" is made available to approved mature driver courses and may be accessed via the driver training program office on-line application database athttps://www.dps.ohio.gov/DriverTraining [File Link Not Available].

(2) "Mature Operator Course Place of Business Supplement" or form "OTS 0133" (August, 2013) may be accessed via the driver training program office website athttp://www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/schools.htm.

(3) "Mature Driver Course Provider Application" or form "OTS 0131" (August, 2013) may be accessed via the driver training program office website at http://www.drivertraining.ohio.gov/schools.htm.

Replaces: 4501-54-02

Effective: 04/17/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: R.C. 3937.43
Rule Amplifies: R.C. 3937.43
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/93, 7/12/08

4501-54-03 Authority of the director of the department of public safety.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (M) in rule 4501-54-02 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) The director of the department of public safety shall:

(1) Approve all motor vehicle prevention courses for drivers age sixty and older and shall approve the written exercise and skills demonstration to be used.

(2) Approve an applicant to operate a course who meets the requirements established in rules 4501-54-04 and 4501-54-08 of the Administrative Code.

(3) Withdraw the approval of a course for failure to meet the requirements established in rules 4501-54-01 to 4501-54-08 of the Administrative Code.

(4) Maintain a file on all courses offered that includes the course operator's "Mature Driver Course Provider Application," all information submitted with the "Mature Driver Course Provider Application," and any correspondence pertaining to the course.

(B) The director or the director's designated representative may attend, at no cost, any course or skills demonstration offered by a course instructor to determine compliance with this chapter.

Effective: 04/17/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2013 and 11/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3937.43
Rule Amplifies: 3937.43
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/93, 7/12/08

4501-54-04 Course approval procedures.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (M) in rule 4501-54-02 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) The authorizing official of the enterprise, for approval to offer a motor vehicle prevention course for drivers age sixty and older, shall apply to the director of the department of public safety by means of the "Mature Driver Course Provider Application."

(B) Such applicant shall be of good reputation and character and shall include the following information in the "Mature Driver Course Provider Application":

(1) Authorizing official's name and address.

(2) The address of the enterprise through which the course will be offered.

(3) Name of course instructor.

(4) Detailed information describing the course curriculum and course content. The detailed information shall demonstrate compliance with the minimum course content standards, written exercise and skills demonstration requirements established in rules 4501-54-05 and 4501-54-06 of the Administrative Code.

(5) A drawing of the skills demonstration on-road and off-road course layout, as applicable.

(6) A sample copy of a written exercise.

(7) Indicate where all course records shall be maintained.

(8) Proof of insurance compliant with paragraph (F) in rule 4501-54-08 of the Administrative Code.

(C) Any changes in the course curriculum, course content, or written exercise or skills demonstration shall be submitted to the director for approval at least thirty days prior to implementation.

Effective: 04/17/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2013 and 11/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3937.43
Rule Amplifies: 3937.43
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/93, 7/12/08

4501-54-05 All course curriculums shall meet the following standards.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (M) in rule 4501-54-02 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) All course curriculums shall meet the following standards:

(1) The duration of a course shall be a minimum of six hours of instruction. Instruction time includes all actual classroom instruction and skills demonstration, and shall not include time spent for registration, lunch breaks, other break periods, and issuance of the "Mature Driver Course Completion Certificate."

(2) All courses shall include a written exercise and a skills demonstration.

(3) All courses shall contain at a minimum the following subject requirements:

(a) Concept of crash prevention;

(b) Defensive driving techniques, with concepts including visual lead time, communications, and adjusted speed margin of safety;

(c) The effects of aging upon the driving tasks, both mental and physical;

(d) Methods of compensating for the effects of aging;

(e) Alcohol and drug use as crash factors;

(f) Motor vehicle inspections, vehicle systems, vehicle maintenance and equipment;

(g) Distracted driving;

(h) Understanding the vehicle, vehicle awareness, and personal safety;

(i) Prescription drug use and risks with driving.

(B) The skills demonstration standards shall require the participant to demonstrate the ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control of a motor vehicle in the performance of the following activities:

(1) Start and place a motor vehicle in motion.

(2) One backing maneuver.

(3) One left turn and one right turn of a through street at an intersection.

(4) One left turn and one right turn at an intersection with a stop sign.

(5) Stop and secure motor vehicle.

Effective: 04/17/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2013 and 11/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3937.43
Rule Amplifies: 3937.43
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/93, 7/12/08

4501-54-06 Written exercise and skills demonstration.

(A) All course participants are required to successfully complete a written exercise administered by the course instructor. The exercise shall consist of not less than twenty-five questions and shall have a mixture of true/false and multiple choice questions. A score of not less than seventy-five per cent is required for satisfactory completion of the written exercise.

(B) All course participants are required to successfully complete a skills demonstration administered by the course instructor.

(C) The course instructor may offer one of the following options for completion of the skills demonstration:

(1) On-road skills demonstration - The course instructor shall ride with the student in a motor vehicle on the public roadways through a course that meets the requirements established in paragraph (B) of rule 4501-54-05 of the Administrative Code and this rule for the skills demonstration.

(2) Off-road skills demonstration - The course instructor shall take a position on the off-road practical course that allows him or her to observe the student's actual operation of a motor vehicle through the course. The off-road skills demonstration shall meet the requirements established in paragraph (B) of rule 4501-54-05 of the Administrative Code and this rule and be laid out with at least one simulated cross intersection. One roadway is to be designated a through street and the other a stop street. Simulated roadways on the off-road course cannot exceed twenty-four feet in width equally divided into two marked lanes.The off-road skills demonstration shall be provided on a range that meets the following requirements:

(a) The range is a closed-course facility;

(b) The range has adequate unobstructed run-off areas;

(c) Paths of travel shall be designed to provide adequate space to minimize risk to students;

(d) The range shall be paved or concrete, reasonably level surfaces that are in good condition and free of potholes, loose materials or other surface defects;

(e) The range shall not contain obstacles within the exercise areas.

(D) Evaluation of the skills demonstration shall be based on the following criteria:

(1) Did the participant drive within the prescribed skills demonstration area?

(2) Did the participant stay in the appropriate lanes when turning?

(3) Did the participant exercise the proper use of turn signals?

(4) Did the participant maintain the proper stopping distances at intersections?

(5) Did the participant exercise vigilance for other traffic?

(6) Did the participant wear a seat belt?

(7) Did the participant safely and successfully complete a backing maneuver?

(E) The student shall perform all demonstrations as set forth in paragraph (C) of rule 4501-54-05 of the Administrative Code and shall meet all the criteria established in paragraph (D) of this rule for purposes of the skills demonstration.

Replaces: 4501-54-06

Effective: 04/17/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3937.43
Rule Amplifies: 3937.43
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/93, 7/12/08

4501-54-07 Certification of successful completion of course.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (M) in rule 4501-54-02 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) The course instructor shall issue a "Mature Driver Course Completion Certificate" certifying successful completion of the course by each participant. The "Mature Driver Course Completion Certificate" shall be furnished by the director of the department of public safety.

(B) The course instructor shall provide the student who successfully completes the course with a "Mature Driver Course Completion Certificate." The "Mature Driver Course Completion Certificate" shall include the name of the student, the name of the course instructor, the date the course was completed, and shall be signed by the course instructor.

(C) No course instructor shall certify that a participant has successfully completed such course unless such participant attended the course for the entire six hours required and successfully completed the written exercise and the skills demonstration.

Replaces: 4501-54-07

Effective: 04/17/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3937.43
Rule Amplifies: 3937.43
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/93, 7/12/08

4501-54-08 Course records and insurance.

[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (M) in rule 4501-54-02 of the Administrative Code.]

(A) The course instructor shall maintain all course records in a place as designated on the "Mature Driver Course Provider Application." All records shall be kept for a three-year period.

(B) The course instructor shall maintain the "Certificate of Operation."

(C) The course instructor shall maintain the "Mature Operator Course Place of Business Supplement" for each location used for training.

(D) Records shall include the business name and address of any mobile ranges used for this course.

(E) The record of the evaluation of the skills demonstration shall include the following information:

(1) Date of training;

(2) Name of the business where training took place;

(3) Address of the business where training took place;

(4) Contact information of the business where training took place;

(5) Address of the range if different from where training took place.

(F) The course records shall be open to inspection by the director of the department of public safety or a designated representative during normal business hours.

(G) The enterprise shall maintain financial responsibility for the operation of all motor vehicles used for instruction as specified in Chapter 4509. of the Revised Code. Such insurance coverage shall be acquired from a company licensed to do business in this state and shall be maintained as long as the enterprise is operating as a mature operating program. Proof of this insurance coverage shall be maintained in the school office. The certificate of insurance shall be available for inspection during reasonable hours.

(1) Insurance coverage shall be maintained in the following minimum limits:

(a) Five hundred thousand dollars combined single limit liability coverage; and

(b) Five thousand dollars medical payments for each occupant; and

(c) Uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage at least equal to the bodily injury coverage required in paragraph (G)(1)(a) of this rule; or

(d) Fifty thousand dollars for injury to property of others in any one crash; or

(e) One hundred thousand dollars for bodily injury to or death of one person in any one crash; and

(f) Three hundred thousand dollars for bodily injury to or death of two or more persons in any one crash; and

(g) Five thousand dollars medical payments for each occupant; and

(h) Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage at least equal to the bodily injury coverage required in paragraphs (G)(1)(e) and (G)(1)(f) of this rule.

(2) Failure to maintain the required insurance, including record of current coverage as required by this rule, may result in the suspension or revocation of an authorizing official's mature driver training course approval.

(H) Participants providing motor vehicles for their own instruction, before such motor vehicle is used for any instruction, shall provide proof of insurance or other financial responsibility that indicates compliance with Chapter 4509. of the Revised Code.

Replaces: 4501-54-08

Effective: 04/17/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2018
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3937.43
Rule Amplifies: 3937.43
Prior Effective Dates: 8/1/93, 7/12/08