Chapter 4501-54 Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Courses for Drivers Sixty and Over
(A) 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.
As used in Chapter 4501-54 of the Administrative Code:
(A) "Course" means the motor vehicle accident prevention course for drivers age sixty or older.
(B) "Course director" means the individual designated by the course operator to conduct the motor vehicle accident prevention course for drivers age sixty or older.
(C) "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.
(D) "Course records" mean the course curriculum, all course materials, instructors guides, copies of written examinations, and examination scores.
(E) "Drug use" means the use of prescription or nonprescription drugs.
(F) "Participant or student" means a person age sixty or older taking the motor vehicle accident prevention course.
(G) "Director" means the director of the department of public safety.
(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 examination to be used.
(4) Maintain a file on all courses offered that includes the course operator's application, all information submitted with the application, and any correspondence pertaining to the course.
(B) The director or the director's designated representative may attend any course or practical examination offered by a course director to determine compliance with this chapter.
(A) An applicant 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 on a form supplied by the director.
(B) Such applicant shall be of good reputation and character and shall include the following information in the application:
(1) Applicant's name and address.
(2) The address of the site where the course will be offered.
(3) Name of course director.
(4) Detailed information describing the course curriculum and course content. The detailed information shall demonstrate compliance with the minimum course content standards and examination requirements established in rules 4501-54-05 and 4501-54-06 of the Administrative Code.
(5) A drawing of the practical examination on-road and off-road course layout, as applicable.
(6) A sample copy of a written examination.
(7) Indicate where all course records shall be maintained.
(C) Any changes in the course curriculum, course content, or written or practical examination shall be submitted to the director for approval at least thirty days prior to implementation.
(A) All course curriculums shall meet the following standards:
(1) The duration of a course shall be a minimum of eight hours of instruction. Instruction time includes all actual classroom instruction and practical demonstration, and shall not include time spent for registration, lunch breaks, other break periods, practical examination, and issuance of course completion certificate.
(2) All courses shall include a written examination and a practical 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 a crash factor;
(f) Motor vehicle inspections, vehicle systems, and vehicle maintenance.
(B) The practical course 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) Demonstration of 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 on a stop street at an intersection.
(5) Stop and secure motor vehicle.
(C) All off-road courses used in the practical course shall 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.
(A) All course participants are required to pass a written examination administered by the course director. The examination 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 examination
(B) All course participants are required to pass a practical examination administered by the course director.
(C) The course director may offer one of the following options for completion of the practical examination:
(1) On road practical examination - 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 rule 4501-54-05 of the Administrative Code and this rule for the practical course.
(2) Off road practical examination - The course instructor shall take a position on the off-road practical course that allows him to observe the student's actual operation of a motor vehicle through the course. The off road practical examination shall meet the requirements established in rule 4501-54-05 of the Administrative Code and this rule.
(D) Evaluation of the practical examination shall be based on the following criteria:
(1) Did the student drive within marked lanes?
(2) Did the student stay in the appropriate lanes when turning?
(3) Did the student exercise the proper use of turn signals?
(4) Did the student maintain the proper stopping distances at intersections?
(5) Did the student exercise vigilance for other traffic?
(6) Did the student wear a seat belt?
(E) The student shall meet all the criteria established in rule 4501-54-05 of the Administrative Code and this rule in demonstrating the ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control in the operation of a motor vehicle for purposes of the practical examination.
(A) The course director shall certify to the director of the department of public safety as to the successful completion of the course by each participant. The certification shall be on a form furnished by the director of the department of public safety.
(B) The course director shall provide the student who successfully completes the course with a certificate of satisfactory completion. The certificate shall be on a form furnished by the director of the department of public safety and shall include the name of the student, the name of the course director, the date the course was completed, and shall be signed by the course director.
(C) No course director shall certify that a participant has successfully completed such course unless such participant attended the course for the entire eight hours required, and successfully passed the written examination and the practical examination.
(A) The course director shall maintain all course records in a place as designated on his application for approval. All records shall be kept for a three year period.
(B) The course records shall be open to inspection by the director of the department of public safety or his designated representative during normal business hours