MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS:
BILL EMERY is a retired Sergeant with the Illinois State Police with 25 years of law-enforcement experience. Bill has been a Defensive Driving Course (DDC) Train the Trainer Instructor for 18 years and is certified to teach DDC-8, DDC-6, DDC-4, Alive at 25 and Graduate to Safety classes. Bill was selected as the DDC-4 Instructor of the Year in 2012 from the National Safety Council. Bill has taught over 800 Traffic Safety courses with Parkland College since 2002.
After earning an Associate’s degree from Danville Area Community College, ROB WILLS transferred to Eastern Illinois University to earn his Bachelor's Degree and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. He spent 13 years in the Army/National Guard and served as a Heavy Weapons Platoon Leader, Rifle Platoon Leader, Executive Officer and Company Commander in several infantry units. Rob later graduated from the Police Training Institute basic law enforcement course in Champaign. He worked for several Departments in Vermilion County and spent time as an undercover narcotics officer for The Vermilion Metropolitan Enforcement Group.
Rob has spent the last twenty years as a City of Champaign police officer where he has worked in Patrol, Community Outreach, Street Enforcement, and School Resource Units. Rob has been teaching Traffic Safety courses for Parkland College since 2010.
CHRIS YOUNG graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and served as an officer in the United States Navy. He joined the Champaign Police Department in 1995 and is assigned as a patrol officer in Southwest Champaign. He has held several collateral duties within the department and currently enjoys being a bomb technician on the bomb squad. Chris resides with his girlfriend, Lisa, his son, Michael, and has his twins, Jordan and Ethan, who attend the University of Illinois and Parkland College. Chris' favorite color is burnt orange, he would rather drive to California than fly, and he makes a mean chocolate chip pan cookie. Chris has been teaching Traffic Safety courses with Parkland College since 2010.
The Traffic Safety Program at Parkland College offers Defensive Driving courses for either 1) drivers of all ages who have received a single ticket violation, or 2) drivers ages 16-21 who have had a license suspended by the Secretary of State. More information on each program is provided below.
Parkland College contracts with Champaign, Douglas, and Piatt County traffic courts. If you received a ticket in one of these counties, you will automatically receive a registration packet including the Traffic Safety Program Registration Form in the mail, or you can download the PDF form.
Submitting your request for the Traffic Safety Program is time sensitive. You must first wait ten (10) days after receiving your violation. Your deadline then falls three (3) days prior to your court appearance date (noted on the bottom half of the front side of the ticket, in the "Court Place/Date" Section). If you do not have a court appearance date on your ticket, contact the Circuit Clerk's office in your ticketing county to determine your deadline.
To request the Program, follow the registration instructions included on the registration form. Once you are registered for the Program, you have 120 days from the date of your Plea of Guilty to finish a National Safety Council 4-hour Defensive Driving Course.
If you were under the age of 25 at the time of your violation, you will be required to complete the "Alive at 25" course to receive credit for Court Supervision. All other drivers are required to attend the standard DDC-4 course. All Classes are held at Parkland College Business Training at 1315 N Mattis Ave, Champaign. To review our upcoming course dates, please visit our Online Course Calendars. Class dates are subject to instructor availability.
If you've received a traffic ticket in a county other than Champaign, Douglas, Piatt, please contact the Circuit Clerk's office in your ticketing county to determine if you are permitted to take the course at Parkland College. If you were under the age of 25 at the time of your ticket, please also verify which course you must participate in: DDC-4 or "Alive at 25." View our Alternate Locations page for further details.
If you received your ticket in a county other than Champaign, Douglas, or Piatt, the non-refundable registration fee for the Defensive Driving course at Parkland College is $45. Advanced registration is required and all fees are due at the time of registration. To register via mail, e-mail or fax, click here for the registration form.
Graduate to Safety is a six-hour Driver Remedial Education course for drivers 16-21 years old who had their license or permit suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State. Participation is required as a condition of license or permit reinstatement.
The course is typically offered one Saturday each month from 8 am to 3 pm, with a 1-hour lunch break at noon. To review our upcoming course dates, please visit our Online Course Calendars. Class dates are subject to instructor availability.
The non-refundable registration fee is $75. Advanced registration is required and all fees are due at the time of registration. Your registration will not be complete until payment has been received. Registration can be completed up until the Friday before the course; however, courses fill on a first-come, first-serve basis and seating is limited
To register via mail, e-mail, or fax, follow steps 1-4 on our registration form. You will receive a confirmation response within two business days.
Click the following link to review a list of all Illinois Secretary of State Approved Driver Remedial Education Providers.
For additional information, contact the Traffic Safety Program Office at (217) 353-2104, or via e-mail at TrafficSafety@parkland.edu