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Some Iowa driving instructors have criminal record

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DES MOINES (AP) — At least 10 driving instructors licensed in Iowa have criminal records or driving infractions in their past, but they’ve been allowed to keep working with teens because of a forgiving state law.

The Des Moines Register reports at least three driving instructors have drunken driving convictions, two have assault convictions and four have more than a dozen driving citations and other infractions.

Ever since 2010, state law has been more forgiving to driver’s ed instructors who are involved in accidents or have multiple moving violations on their records.

Nationally, there isn’t a standard for driving instructor’s qualifications because each state determines what’s acceptable. But Sharon Fife with the Association of National Stakeholders in Traffic Safety Education says many states are more strict than Iowa.

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