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Tell Me About It: Rite of passage


August 25. 2013 7:20AM
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1. How long have been an examiner?I've been with the Ohio Highway Patrol for a little over 27 years, 26 of those were as a radio dispatcher. The opportunity arose about four years ago for me to switch over to the driver exam station, and that's when I went ahead and made that move.2. Tell me something about the License Examination Bureau most people would be surprised to know.A lot of people don't realize that the drivers license examination center is actually affiliated with the Highway Patrol, that we're actually a division of them. We're all nonuniform civilian employees of the patrol, which is under the Ohio Department of Public Safety.3. Is there any particular part of the exam where people commonly trip up?I find that while most testers do a good job, if there's any common mistake that folks make repeatedly, it would be not coming to a full stop. People talk about a rolling stop, that's what it is, not coming to a complete stop. And it's not necessarily the young first-time operators that are guilty of this, but many times it's the more experienced drivers that are coming out and taking the test for whatever reason that fall into this problem. Most of our testers come out and they do a really good job. The ones that struggle are usually the ones that are lacking in experience, have very little experience driving, or the ones that are very nervous, very tense or a combination of both. That can make for some interesting tests.4. Have you ever had an accident while giving an examination?I have had some minor accidents. Most accidents that do occur are in the parking lot. I do remember one customer I was giving a maneuverability test to in the parking lot. We had finished that, and I asked the tester to turn around in the parking lot. And they proceeded to hit my personal pickup truck. The damage was all very minor and if memory serves, that customer had to come back and try again. 5. When you're out in public, driving around as Joe Citizen, what do you see other drivers doing that sets you off?Well, there's probably two things. We already mentioned the rolling stops. I see that more than anything. That's a leading cause of crashes in Ohio and I'd imagine throughout the country. The other thing is texting or cellphone use. That's becoming more prevalent. That's a hazard all of its own.6. This question's short and sweet: Men or women?That's probably turf that I don't want to cover. I believe I'll stay away from that one.7. If you have a word of advice to offer any tester, what would it be?Drive. Just drive. The vast majority of our testers are young, first-time operators. We feel that the important part of our job is to determine through testing whether or not they've got the requisite skills needed to go ahead and enter the motoring public safely. The best thing anybody can do is to go out and drive. I know it's tough with the parents usually working and kids with all their activities, with school and everything else, it's tough to get that time in sometimes, but they really have to try and make that effort to go out and get as much driving experience before they come out and take their test. One, they become better drivers and, two, they're less nervous when they come out and take the test.






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