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For Immediate Release:  October 24, 2007

Interactive On-Line Learning Tool Will Help New Drivers Prepare For Law Test

GLEN BURNIE, MD (October 24, 2007) - The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) today announces the launch of the Maryland Online Drivers Test Tutorial, a new interactive on-line tutorial to help new drivers prepare for the written law test, which all drivers must pass to get a Maryland Driver's License. 

The program is designed for use as a practice guide for anyone preparing for a learner's permit.  It is located on MVA's website at  Individuals who take the tutorial have a choice of taking an un-timed version or 15 minute timed version simulating the actual timed test.

"Safety is our top priority and knowing the 'rules of the road' is key to becoming a safe driver," said Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari.  "By using the internet, we are making an important learning tool easily accessible to everyone from Oakland to Ocean City.  Our goal is to help citizens better understand Maryland law so they become safer drivers when getting behind the wheel."

The on-line tutorial poses a series of twenty randomly selected questions that are presented with multiple-choice answers.  Those who take the tutorial simply select and click-on the answers they think are correct.  The tutorial indicates immediately whether or not a correct answer has been selected for those taking the un-timed version.  It also indicates where the correct answer can be found in the Maryland Driver's Handbook.  A summary of correct answers is given at the end of the tutorial to those who choose to take the timed version.

"The tutorial is an excellent learning tool," said MVA Administrator John Kuo.  "However, the best learning tool is still the Maryland Driver's Handbook which contains all of the answers. This is just another tool for anyone to use to help measure their knowledge of Maryland traffic laws, signs, and safe driving techniques."

The tutorial is part of MVA's continued effort to better serve customers. Kuo said he expects the "online-tutorial" to be very successful and extremely popular among teenagers and other new drivers once they find out about the new feature.

Buel C. Young
MVA Organization Relations
(410) 768-7386

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