Driving School Association of Oregon

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Bishop Communications guided the Driving School Association of Oregon (DSAO) in organizing its professional driver education members to effectively influence the Oregon Legislature and to work effectively with administrators at the Oregon Department of Transportation, Transportation Safety Division (ODOT/TSD). It all began in 2000, when the Association was gearing up to fill the need for more teen driver education opportunities to comply with newly passed legislation placing limitations on teen driver licenses. The Legislature was stressing the value of teen driver education. DSAO needed assistance. Bishop Communications was there to empowered members and organize the Association into an effective political force to meet the challenge of providing teen driver education courses under rigorous new administrative rules and TSD regulations.

Accomplishments include:
Passage of Senate Bill 125 in 2009 allowing private driver education providers to receive reimbursement for providing State approved teen driver education courses.
Passage of a bill allowing higher reimbursement rates for teen driver education providers.
Restructuring the Driver Education Advisory Committee (DEAC). When this advisory group was first formed it was chaired by a staff person from ODOT/TSD. Driving School Association of Oregon insisted that the DEAC be self-governing and chose a chairperson from among the professionals on the Committee.

DSAO has been instrumental in creating consistent statewide standards and eliminating inconsistencies in teen driver education programs and in the regulation of driver education providers throughout the state.

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