Trinity Driving School expands to Ascension

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Now in its 21st year of business, Trinity Driving School, with two long-standing locations in EBR Parish, has opened a third location in the Griffith Plaza shopping center near Dutchtown High School. They are currently enrolling students online and over the phone for Trinity’s November and December driver’s education courses.

We saw demand from parents for trustworthy, quality driving instruction in Ascension parish. We’re looking forward to welcoming a great group of students for our holiday sessions over Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks,” says owner Terry Knight.

Changes in state law that went into effect this September, mean big changes for teens looking to get their driving permits and ultimately their licenses.

The process of becoming a licensed driver in the state of Louisiana has become much more complicated. We’re on top of the law changes and want to help families navigate the process,” says Knight, who refers parents to the FAQ section of the Trinity website (www.trinitydriversed.com) for help in understanding the new requirements.

Successfully completing a licensed driver’s education course is now required in order for first time drivers to receive a license. Students must be at least 14 years, 9 months old in order to enroll in driver’s education. Before a student can attend driver’s ed., his or her parent must visit the main office of the Office of Motor Vehicles (not an express location) to file for a Temporary Instructional Permit (TIP). This TIP is required in order to attend driver’s education classes.

Parents will need to have their student with them when they visit the OMV, as well as supply proper documentation including two forms of identification and a letter of enrollment from the students’ high school (or homeschool CO-OP, etc). Once students have their TIP, they are ready for Trinity’s driver’s education course which includes 30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of behind-the-wheel driving with an instructor. The new regulations also require parents of first-time drivers to attend a mandatory orientation meeting at their driving school prior to their child starting the driver’s education course. Trinity hosts its parent orientation meetings before every class at all three locations.

The new rules make it more complicated to get a license, but they also emphasize to parents and students that driving is a big responsibility and should not be taken lightly,” says Knight, who hopes the new process leads to fewer teen driving accidents. “I’ve been teaching driver’s ed for 21 years, and I’m proud of Trinity’s record in preparing young people to be safe, responsible drivers.”

For more information about Trinity Driving School, call 225-262-7233 or visit www.trinitydriversed.com.

Contributed by Trinity Driving School