Officials suspend Chattanooga's drivers ed program
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Chattanooga city leaders are suspending the discounted drivers education program.
The program was made funded with proceeds from the city's unmanned speed cameras.
Earlier this year, the Tennessee Legislature voted down most of the cameras, effective pulling the plug on the Chattanooga program.
It had enabled city residents to take Haman's Driving course for $50, instead of the company's usual $400 fee. Proponents said it helped teens with their driving skills, while lowering their insurance rates, but ultimately legislators listened to constituent complaints about unmanned speed cameras.
Effective immediately, no new courses for the Chattanooga Drivers Education Program will be scheduled until the city can find alternative funding.
Since 2009 about 3,000 young drivers completed the city's discounted program.