ERIE, Pa., Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today presented certificates to approximately 25 Pennsylvanians who successfully completed a mature driver safety class in Erie County. Commissioner Miller also reminded participants that state law requires a minimum five percent discount for drivers age 55 and older who complete PennDOT-approved motor vehicle driver improvement courses.
"I congratulate everyone who made the commitment to take this course for becoming safer drivers and contributing to the safety of everyone on our roads," Commissioner Miller told the participants in the mature driver safety class, conducted by AAA. "Governor Wolf has made consumer protection a top priority of his administration, and my department is working to ensure that all drivers who qualify for this safe driver discount receive it from their insurance company."
State law mandates a premium discount of no less than five percent for each motor vehicle on a policy under which all named insureds are 55 years of age or older and have successfully completed a motor vehicle driver improvement course that meets the standards of the PA Department of Transportation. These discounts are good for three years beginning with the next policy period following the successful completion of the course.
"As important as the premium reduction is, what is more important is that everyone who completes a safe driver course is becoming a better driver," Commissioner Miller said. "I commend those completing this course and AAA for providing these classes for mature drivers."
Commissioner Miller said it is important for all drivers to be aware of roadway safety, as the National Safety Council reported an eight percent increase in motor vehicle deaths from 2014 to 2015, the largest percentage increase in 50 years. In Pennsylvania, motor vehicle deaths rose much less than the national average, but did increase by just under one-half of one percent in 2015.
Click here to find a list of PennDOT-approved mature driver improvement courses.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Insurance