9-1-1 Driving School hires police officers as instructors

Department of Licensing knowledge and road tests are available

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Geary Enbody, an instructor with the 9-1-1 Driving School in the 192nd Avenue Station, talks to Washougal High School freshman Brody Oberg. Enbody, an officer with the Woodland Police Department, is among the law enforcement personnel who serve as knowledge/skills examiners. The driving school provides teen drivers safety education and certification courses, medical assessment drives and programs for mature drivers.

A recent addition to the 192nd Station development offers an assortment of driving courses as well as Department of Licensing knowledge and road tests.

9-1-1 Driving School has hired retired and off-duty police officers to serve as knowledge/skills examiners.

Brenda Gardner, co-owner and office manager, said the police officers provide positive mentoring.

“The primary focus is on teen driving and traffic safety education,” she said.

Gardner, Mike Hair and Syd Muzzy own the Camas location as well as the 9-1-1 Driving School at 13009 N.E. Hwy. 99, Ste. 210, Vancouver.

The teen drivers safety education and certification conventional course is recommended for the average new driver. Topics include safe driving techniques, rules of the road, parking, braking and turns, emergencies, sharing the road and state drivers test preparation.

In addition to classroom theory and instruction, students participate in hands-on driving time with instructors. Students practice local road and highway driving, parking and other techniques along with the skills required to pass the driver’s test. Additional behind-the-wheel training can be scheduled.

“Refresher drives” are available for 9-1-1 graduates to sign up for before taking the Department of Licensing drive test or if they just want to brush up on their skills.

An advanced course is recommended for drivers needing a little more practice.

The 9-1-1 Driving School also provides private drives and driving assessments. Medical assessment drives are available for individuals who have had strokes, brain injuries or other conditions of concern.

Defensive driving and adult drivers education classes are also available.

A mature driving course is offered to anyone 55 or older. Topics include environmental and age related changes, the effects of medications on driving, maintaining a proper following distance, and minimizing the effects of dangerous blind spots.

A “Drive Fit” program is designed for individuals who want to learn or refine their collision avoidance skills. It is a three-hour behind-the-wheel program on a closed course. Drivers use their own vehicles so they can learn how the vehicles respond under emergency braking and quick steering maneuvers.

9-1-1 Driving School is located in the 192nd Avenue Station, at 1735 S.E. 192nd Ave., Ste. 102. It is open Monday through Friday, from 1 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 210-7146, email vancouver@ or visit