The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 1, 1956 · Page 47
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 47

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 1, 1956
Page 47
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RLUA thursday, May 3. 1956 He's Shocked By Attitudes A lending authority in driver education said today ho, was "shocked" by altitudes of some drivers in the first adult class to attend the ^tato safety department's driver improvement center located at the West Waterloo High School. Me is Prof. Bert L. Woodcock, director of safety education at Iowa State Teachers College in Cednr Falls, in charge of instruction at the center. "After you get a glimpse of the attltudesisome drivers have, you're almost afraid to go out • on the highway," Woodcock said. • All drivers in the first adult class at the. center wore eligible for license suspension due to records of accidents or violations, according to the state safety department. They were given a choice between license suspension and taking the 8-hour course of instruction at the center, according to Russell Brown,.state safety education director. Twenty drivers chose to take the course, but the licenses of* two were automatically suspended for failure to appear at classes. The 18 who completed the course now are driving under probation. Their driving records will be watched closely for some time and compared to a group of similar drivers who did not take the training. The purpose of the research is to find out the effectiveness of training methods used at the center. A second class of 14 adult drivers began a one-week course April 23. The center also is being used to give driver training to Waterloo 'high school students. Woodcock said there were "valuable results" obtained in the first class "though I wouldn't claim we changed the attitudes of ALL the drivers who attended." He said some of the drivers appeared to resent attending classes at first and most of them defended the attitudes and driving actions that had brought them up tor suspension. "Most of them softened up as the course progressed, however, and many, of them expressed their appreciation for the instruction, Woodcock said. He said truck drivers and teenagers in the class seemed to make Ihe best progress toward changing their driving attitudes, "At the end of the course the leen-agers were defending the idea of a driver improvement center. They were a great help in maintaining interest and order," Woodcock said. He said members of the class tended to "pick on one another whenever one would bring up a subject for discussion." ' Woodcock said the establishment of driver improvement centers throughout the state "as soon as possible is one of the most promising answers to our traffic safety problem." Subjects being covered in classes at the Waterloo center are defensive driving, psychology of accidents and mental and physical characteristics drivers, and natural and man-made traffic laws. The state safety department now is prepared to set up additional centers In Iowa as soon as Iowa State Teachers College places its stamp of approval to the course content. The Waterloo center is the first of a projected 13 to 15 centers the safety department plans to establish in various population centers throughout Iowa. Long Hair I HAMDEN, Conn. (UP)- To pro-, tost tt 25-cunt hike in the price of j haircuts, a group of Hamden men I formed a "Om.'i'-a-.Month" club, i The president, James Mdnnis, said ; the organization's 11 members promised to restrict themselves toj one haircut a month. "No haircut is worth S1.50 with or without a tip," he added. ' This man con give you dependable delivery off THI ' CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR Mviutlwri HouMwIvtt, «rt4 »tudtnt» oil over fb« w»r1d r«od «nd enjoy (hit Jnt»motlonol ntwtpoptr, pub- iitfwl doily in Boston. World- fgrrtaui for con»trucliv« n«wt (tariff and penetrating editorials. (taturct for tt* CNtlta it, an I). 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