At a press conference at the Ohio Statehouse, State Representative Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) today unveiled legislation that will require teenagers to complete CPR training prior to obtaining an Ohio driver’s license.

Specifically, House Bill 283 will require an individual less than 18 years of age who is applying for a driver’s license to first complete a first-aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training course. He or she would have to present evidence of having successfully completed a first-aid and CPR course approved by the registrar within one year preceding the date the person first applies for a driver’s license.

“The American Heart Association recently called for mandatory CPR training for teenagers before graduating from high school,” Grossman said. “This training will allow young people to practice proper technique and give them a skill for a lifetime to put to use saving people’s lives.”

The rules governing the training of CPR and first-aid courses will be in accordance with training courses certified by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or other nationally recognized first-aid and CPR standards.

The registrar will also make available a list of organizations that offer the approved first-aid and CPR classes. These new required classes may be offered by driver’s education schools, high schools, firefighters, private classes, or others as long as they are certified courses.

House Bill 283 has received the support of the Fire Chief’s Association, the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross.


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