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Online Traffic School

🙁  I got a speeding ticket a few weeks ago.

I’m planning on taking a class on gototrafficschool.com, an online traffic school.  I’ll write a review after a finish… wish me luck!


Ok, so in the mean time, I took the class, and my wife did too (rolling stop at a stop sign). It was a really great experience, for what it was.  It’s possible some aspects of the course might be different based on jurisdiction (mine is Los Angeles), but I think the things I have to comment on are probably pretty common across the board.

The course was divided into about 18 chapters. At the end of each chapter they ask you 2 questions, and then you can move on.  The quiz questions are for the most part so easy that you might be able to answer them all correctly without reading the course.

I guess for these online traffic schools to get accredited, they have to have a way to enforce your spending the required number of hours in the course over all (mine was 6 hours).  They seem to use javascript in some way to keep track of idleness in your browser; I didn’t try to completely figure out the restraints, mostly because it was pretty generous.  It would definitely timeout if you left a chapter open for 2 hours, but if you check your email in another tab for 20 or 30 minutes, it does keep counting down without timing out.

The one thing I didn’t like about it is that it doesn’t tell you that you timed out right away.  One time I left the page open to a chapter, went away for a while, and then came back and read the chapter.  When I clicked to go to the next chapter, the clock reset back to the time when I first went to the original chapter–ie- I lost the time I spent actually reading because it timed out before I came back–but it never told me.  That sucked!  On the whole, though, I was able to complete the course pretty quickly, since I spend a lot of time on the computer anyway.

I don’t have much basis for comparison, but gototrafficschool.com was clean and simple to use, so I’d highly recommend it.