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July 14, 2011

Ohio bill would require teens to learn CPR to get driver's license

The Columbus Dispatch

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ohio — Teenagers who want a driver's license would first have to complete a CPR-training course under a bill introduced yesterday by a legislator from Franklin County.

Those younger than 18 would have to show evidence of having successfully completed a first-aid and CPR course approved by the state registrar within one year of the date the person first applies for a driver's license.

"The American Heart Association recently called for mandatory CPR training for teenagers before graduating from high school," said Rep. Cheryl Grossman, R-Grove City, who is sponsoring the bill. "This training will allow young people to practice proper technique and give them a skill for a lifetime to put to use saving people's lives."

House Bill 283 would require the registrar to make available a list of organizations that offer the approved first-aid and CPR classes. Classes could be offered by driver's education schools, high schools, firefighters or others, as long as they are certified courses.

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