Safety for All the Goal of “On the Road” Driver Training Thanks to Community Partners
On Friday, September 14, 2018, at the home football game, Mr. Jason Owens, Owner of Patriot Buick Pontiac GMC presented an instructor-brake-fitted Chevy Malibu for use in the On-the-Road Driver Training Program at Owen J. Roberts High School, which began in 2011 when Mr. Owens provided the first vehicle for the district to use. There will now be two vehicles available to keep up with the demand for instruction.
This program which benefits teens, families, and the entire community is the result two friends seeking an answer to a concern about the lack of access to school-based, hands-on driver’s training. Longtime friends—Mr. Jason Owens and retired Judge James DeAngelo—had discussed their belief that school-based, hands-on driver training would create safer drivers and a safer community.
|High School Acting Principal Dr. Earley, Mrs. Frees, Superintendent Dr. Lloyd, McKinley Frees, Judge DeAngelo, Judge Hipple and Mr. Owens with both donated vehicles|
Partnering with District Judge John Hipple, Owens and DeAngelo worked to keep this program alive in 2018 and beyond. All parties feel strongly that driving is one of the most important life skills one can learn and that behind-the-wheel training can be vital to adopting habits that can help drivers avoid accidents. School officials and instructors have worked to support and develop the program.
Owen J. Roberts offers classroom driver education for students but school affiliated behind-the-wheel programs throughout the state were eliminated over the years due to cost concerns. Due to the generosity of community members and Patriot Buick Pontiac GMC, Owen J. Roberts can continue a fee-based behind-the-wheel training, a natural extension of classroom education. The hands-on training is of no cost to taxpayers.
|The car was unveiled for the crowd during half-time of the home Wildcat football game on September 14, 2018|
In early 2013, Owen J. Roberts was approved as a road testing site for students to complete PA licensing requirements and many students have earned their driver license at the completion of OJR Behind-the-Wheel. The program is an excellent example of community and school partners working toward safety for all.