(March 11, 2016) A new program in Portland is providing driver safety education training to new immigrants, refugees and English language learners over the age of 18. The training includes two days of in class instruction and one day of behind-the-wheel practice. Offered in April or May, each course is limited to 50 students.
This program is a partnership of the Portland Police Bureau, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Oregon Driver Education Center (ODEC), Oregon Impact and ODOT. It is supported by the Portland Police Bureau, with funding provided through grants from the East Portland Action Plan 2015 Municipal Partnership Project, a City of Portland Municipal Grant, and State Farm Insurance.
On completion of the course, there may be opportunities for lower auto insurance rates from participating carriers, and driver license behind-the-wheel testing through ODEC rather than the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A limited number of vouchers for driver license test fees are available.
The trainings take place at the Portland Police Training Facility at 14912 NE Airport Way and are offered on the following dates:
- Saturday, April 9, 23 & 30 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
- Saturday, May 14, 21 & 28 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
Call 503-297-4813 or go online to register.
You can view a video about the program here and help us spread the word to New Portlander communities.