- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Department of Motor Vehicles is suspending a rule that would have required first-time drivers to complete a driver education course before earning a driver’s license.

Washington DMV spokeswoman Vanessa Newton said Thursday the department is suspending the requirement in order to further review the impact it may have on drivers.

The requirement would have gone into effect May 1. It would have required people to take courses consisting of 30 hours of classroom time and eight hours of behind-the-wheel practice. Courses cost upward of $1,000.

Washington DMV director Lucinda M. Baber had said that the education requirement supported the city’s goal for safer driving and reduced accidents.

New drivers will still be required to present a learner’s permit before they can obtain a license.

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