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November 2, 2012

RBA the only to still offer driver’s ed

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MANKATO —

What’s the difference between a yellow solid line on the road and a white solid line?

“If it’s a yellow line, it means it’s two-way traffic,” he said before the students could find the correct information. “If it’s a white line, it means you’re going the same way.”

What is the Minnesota Basic Speed Law? As student Jake Baumann and others started looking through the packet, Hanselman joked they were cheating.

“It’s not cheating; it’s using your resources,” Baumann said.

“I know, but then I can’t give you a quarter and a handshake,” Hanselman said.

The answer? No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions.

Hanselman also stumped the students on the implied consent law, which assumes that “a person who drives, operates, or is in control of any type of motor vehicle anywhere in the state has consented to a chemical test of breath, blood or urine for the purpose of determining alcohol or controlled substances in the person’s body.” The “assumption” of consent didn’t fly with a couple of the kids.

“That’s why I, quote, love this country, unquote,” Baumann said. “Sarcasm.”

Kayla Fowler, 15, turns 16 Jan. 16. Unfortunately, she said — when factoring in the time needed to complete the in-class and behind-the-wheel training, and then wait the six months required before she can test for her license — Fowler won’t get her driver’s license until Aug. 22 at the earliest.

“I kind of am (disappointed),” she said.

But Fowler has friends who are over 16 and who drive her around. She said that’s giving her time to observe and learn.

“I pay attention to the road more,” Fowler said.

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