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    MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HOWARD COUNTY 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042 May 30, 2003 9:00 a.m. I. Pledge of Allegiance II. Approval
    Message 1 of 2 , May 30, 2003
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      MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF HOWARD COUNTY
      10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, Maryland 21042

      May 30, 2003
      9:00 a.m.

      I. Pledge of Allegiance

      II. Approval of Agenda

      III. Approval of Revision to Request for Categorical Transfer-FY 2003

      IV. Approval of FY 2004 Operating Budget and Five-Year Projection

      V. Approval of FY 2004 Nonresident Tuition Rates

      VI. Approval of FY 2004 Capital Budget

      VII. Approval of 2004-2008 Capital Improvement Program

      VIII. Approval of Ten-Year Long-Range Capital Plan

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    • bobrosebrough21045
      From today s Washington Post (6/1/2003): NB Fairfax has a safety training facility of its own, apparently. A License to Drive Straight Into Trouble Police
      Message 2 of 2 , Jun 1, 2003
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        From today's Washington Post (6/1/2003):
        NB Fairfax has a safety training facility of its own, apparently.

        A License to Drive Straight Into Trouble
        Police Offer Teens Anti-Crash Course
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        By Peter Whoriskey
        Washington Post Staff Writer
        Sunday, June 1, 2003; Page C12


        Sure, Ashley Moss, an effervescent high school sophomore with a
        ponytail, may seem innocent enough. But statistically speaking, she
        may be one of the most dangerous people out there.

        She is 16 and she has a driver's license.

        Yesterday, she was making screechy, swervy turns, stopping suddenly
        from 50 miles per hour and then driving too fast on water-slicked
        asphalt.

        "I liked spinning out -- it was kind of a rush," she said after her
        hydroplaning adventure.

        Anywhere else, the Woodbridge teenager probably would have earned a
        moving violation for such maneuvers. But she and 14 other students
        were in a new "accident avoidance" class that Fairfax County police
        are targeting at teenagers.

        A combination of inexperience, distraction and overconfidence makes
        teenage drivers three times more likely to be in a fatal crash,
        according to statisticians, and makes them an unending worry for
        police and parents. Sixteen-year-olds, such as Moss, are the most
        accident-prone.

        "The first year of driving is the most dangerous, and the next year
        is slightly better, and so on to middle age," said Tim Hurd,
        spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

        Fairfax police, who say they see far too many avoidable wrecks
        involving teenagers, have created a class that takes driving skills
        beyond the usual driver's education classes, which typically offer on-
        road experience under normal conditions. The new eight-hour class,
        which costs $200 and is conducted on the same track in Chantilly
        where police train for high-speed pursuits, lets drivers experience
        the kinds of situations that cause accidents. What's the best way to
        stop suddenly, say, when a car cuts you off? What's the best way to
        swerve around a deer? How well do cars turn in the rain?

        Forget the old hand-positioning of 10 o'clock and 2 o'clock. These
        teens were taught that 9 and 3, or 8 and 4, are more appropriate.
        That you can feel a front-wheel skid in your fingertips through the
        steering column and that you feel a rear-wheel skid through the seat.
        That you should look less at the obstacle than at the space where you
        want to go.

        The course also brings the young drivers into direct contact with
        speed and its dangers.

        "Go full throttle," Officer Don Pierson says, and student Jeffrey
        Willemann, 17, of Woodbridge complies. When the Chevy reaches about
        58, he is instructed to stop suddenly. He does. Everyone in the car
        lurches.

        "I thought it was fun," Willemann says afterward.

        "It's about feeling the brake," Pierson explains to two startled
        passengers.

        Around a bend in the course, Willemann approaches a series of cones
        spaced at about 50 feet. He must swerve in and around each. He
        strikes one, and with a faint thwip, it falls under the car.

        "You just hit a kid," Pierson says.

        Willemann frowns.

        Parents of yesterday's students seemed relieved that a class was
        addressing one of their primary fears.

        "Every single person in my neighborhood is asking, 'How can I get in
        on this?' " said Bruce Guth, a Fairfax police lieutenant in homicide,
        whose daughter Kerri was taking the class. "The truth is, the
        bogeyman isn't going to get you. You're more likely to get hurt in a
        traffic accident."

        Others applauded it as a valuable extension of driver's ed.

        "I don't think anyone would say that after eight hours of on-road
        training [in driver's ed] that they are ready for the Beltway at
        night in the rain," said Lon Anderson, spokesman for AAA Mid-
        Atlantic, which has advocated restrictions on new
        drivers. "Everything else you can teach young people is helpful."

        One of the most common reactions yesterday among the students was
        that they learned how dangerous speed can be. After one particular
        wipeout that had her instructor and fellow student passengers
        grimacing, the ebullient Moss seemed humbled.

        "I've learned to take my foot off the accelerator," she said.


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