The Driver Improvement Program offers you the opportunity to keep a traffic ticket off of your driving record by participating in a four-hour defensive driving course. The class is a National Safety Council Defensive Driving course (DDC-4). The goal of the course is to train drivers in collision prevention techniques. In teaching these techniques, the course also promotes an attitude of mutual understanding, courtesy and cooperation on the road.
No other driver improvement course has a higher rate of success in reducing the severity and frequency of collisions for its graduates.
No other course is so widely used by courts, municipalities, schools, business and industry, government, and general public driver improvement.
Who uses Defensive Driving Courses?
Corporations and government agencies: Employees whose driving habits affect their productivity and the organization's bottom line.
Court referrals: Drivers required to attend a defensive driving course. Many states accept DDC-4 in their point-reduction program and for court supervision.
General public: Concerned citizens who want to drive defensively. Many insurance companies offer premium discounts to DDC-4 participants.
What is court supervision?
Court supervision is an unsupervised probation that allows your ticket to be dismissed. In Iroquois and Kankakee counties, it lasts 180 days from the date of the citation. Your responsibility is to remain without additional traffic violations during this time. You may participate in the Driver Improvement Program to receive court supervision for two tickets every 12 months. The year is calculated from ticket date to ticket date.
How do I apply?
Plead guilty, but request court supervision and the Driver Improvement Program. Fill out the required forms that are provided by the police officer who tickets you and return them to the Circuit Clerk's office. The Circuit Clerk's office will hold your ticket for the 180-day supervision period. Your course registration will be sent to KCC. The college will notify you by mail of the time and date of your class. If you do not receive a program confirmation and course date from KCC within 45 days of sending your registration, call 815-802-8206.
What does it cost?
You must pay your traffic citation fine, plus a $40 fee to participate in the Driver Improvement Program. Both are non-refundable.
When is the driver improvement program offered at KCC?
The classes are offered Saturdays and Mondays 8 a.m. - noon and Thursdays 6-10 p.m. in Room D123. Pre-registration is required.
How do I get my record cleared?
If you complete the program within 160 days of the violation and do not receive any additional tickets during your supervision period, the current ticket will not appear on your driving record.
Can I take the Driver Improvement class at a location that is more convenient for me?
Yes, if you are not a resident of the Kankakee/Iroquois area, you may choose to complete your court supervision training obligation at an alternate location. Review the steps to register at an alternate site for further information.
If I received a ticket outside of Kankakee/Iroquois, can I take the course at KCC?
Yes. Contact our office at 815-802-8206 and we will mail you a registration form. Upon receiving payment ($40) and the completed registration form, you will be notified by mail of the date and time of your class.
If you have additional questions, contact the Office of Continuing Education and Career Services, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 815-802-8206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.