The Belen Board of Education has a good idea, thinking about expanding education for safe driving in its curriculum. Young people need the reminder, need to realize how dangerous driving can be.

They know the consequences are dire three young people they know have been taken from them this year in traffic accidents. Charges have been filed in only one of those cases. In the others, things could have happened to drivers of any age.

And that’s a good reason for our younger generation to be given information about safe driving, about what to do in various situations.

We encourage the school board to study this issue more closely and come up with a plan to help us ensure they’ll drive more safely and rationally.

That’s why we also so avidly support other programs such as the American Association of Retired Persons’ 55 Alive driver education class. Even those of us who’ve been driving for years need to remember some of the rules and regulations. And we could use a refresher course on how to do things the right way.

You think you know it all, and then you get in a class and find out that you don’t. We discover things we didn’t know. We learn about laws that have been passed since we took our driving tests 20 or 30 years ago.

Sign up for this worthwhile class if you’re over 50. You don’t have to be a member of AARP and you’ll get a discount on your auto insurance once you’ve successfully completed the two-session course.

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