DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES OFFERED

The Insurance Reserve Fund offers driver safety classes on an open enrollment basis approximately 20 times a year. Registration is on a first come - first served basis and class size is limited to 30 attendees. Please click on the link to go to the registration form. On-site classes for agencies that want to enroll more than ten employees for one class are available upon request.

The American Automobile Association's Driver Improvement Program is taught by one of five instructors at the IRF. Instructor classes are taught at the request of governmental agencies when at least seven candidates commit to the 40 - hour class. Please contact Athena Westeren at 803-737-0023 for more information on the instructor classes.

The 8-hour class qualifies as a point reduction class for South Carolina. The class also qualifies if a driver of a state vehicle has been found 'at-fault' in an accident. Some insurance companies will apply a discount on personal insurance, but this is at the discretion of the insurance company.

WHY DRIVER SAFETY CLASSES?

In 1982, the General Assembly directed the State Budget and Control Board to"…develop and implement a state-wide Fleet Safety Program…which shall serve to minimize the amount paid for rising insurance premiums and reduce the number of accidents involving state-owned vehicles." "…all persons and agencies operating state licensed state vehicles" must participate.

The Insurance Reserve Fund began teaching driver safety classes to assist State Fleet Management with training state employees. While drivers of state vehicles are mandated to receive the training, all local governmental agencies are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity. Our classes are open to any entity insured by the Insurance Reserve Fund.

New state employees whose state positions require them to be routine drivers and employees permanently assigned a state owned vehicle must attend the 8-hour driver training course within 90 days of employment or assignment. They must also take the 4-hour refresher course every third year, as long as they are a routine driver or assigned a permanent vehicle.

State employees whom a state agency accident review board finds at fault in a preventable state vehicle accident must complete the 8-hour course within 90 days of such a finding.

State employees found to have accumulated 9-10 traffic violation points or 2 state vehicle accidents on their motor vehicle record must complete the 8-hour driver training course within 90 days of the discovery of their driving history.

If you have any questions or need more information about the program please contact Robin Leitzsey at 803-737-0046. We look forward to seeing you in class!

 

Driver Safety Registration Form and Class Schedule

 2016 January-June Form
 2016 July-December Form