Driver Safety Program

Driver Safety classes are being held via Zoom video conference until further notice. Although virtual, class sizes are kept small since the driver safety program is an interactive discussion between students and the instructor. Early registration is encouraged in order to complete the class prior to an individual's court date.

For more information on the Driver Safety Program or to register, phone 309.345.3501 or email


2022 class dates, all classes are held on Saturdays:


August 13 (8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

September 10 (8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

October 1 (8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

November 12 (8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)

December 10 (8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.)


What is a Driver Safety Program?

  • Carl Sandburg College is proud to offer a Driver Safety Program, which provides an alternative to having a violation on your driving record. This program is an innovative approach to traffic safety, taught by qualified, personable instructors and assumes you are already a good driver. It is a workshop, which emphasizes driving under stress, attitudes, and emotion affecting driving, and the best defensive driving techniques. The goal of the program is to provide an interesting and informative class and to provide skills to make driving a safe and enjoyable experience. Sandburg's Driver Safety Program is approved for use by the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court. *Note this class is not intended for individuals with no driving citation.

What is the length of the Driver Safety Program?

  • Traffic court mandates students attend a 4-hour class, 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., there are two 15-minute break times provided. Failure to attend the entire class will negate the term of your court supervision.

I received a traffic ticket and have questions about ticket payments, court appearance dates, and if I am eligible to complete a Driver Safety Program. Who should I contact?

  • Please contact the Circuit Clerk in the county where you obtained your traffic ticket. (Knox County Traffic Division phone number: 309.345.3841)

How do I enroll in the Driver Safety Program?

  • Individuals should call 309.345.3501 to register or they may visit Carl Sandburg College's Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME), G Building, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


What is the Driver Safety Program registration fee?

  • There is a $65 fee to enroll. Pre-registration and payment are required and early registration is encouraged. It is the responsibility of the court-supervised individual to be aware of court dates and when the class should be completed by. Once a student is registered, the $65 fee is non-refundable; however, a student may move to another class date (permitted one-time). Cash, credit/debit card, or a money order are accepted pays (no personal checks). Cost and conditions are subject to change without notice. 

Is there a book to purchase and an exam given?

  • The Driver Safety Program is a lecture-based discussion. The book will be screen-shared during the Zoom video conference for students to follow along. There is no exam given.

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

  • If you acquired your traffic violation outside of Knox County, your completion certificate will be emailed, and you may print a copy for the county's courthouse. For those with driving violations in Knox County, attendance will be taken and the sheet is forwarded to the Knox County Courthouse. Completion certificates are not issued for individuals with traffic tickets in Knox County.

How will I know if my class is postponed due to instructor absence or other unforeseen circumstances?

  • In the event of class postponement, the Workforce Development & Community Education staff will phone and/or email individuals as soon as possible. After registering for a class, any changes to email addresses or phone numbers should be communicated to the Corporate & Leisure office for notification purposes.

*On rare occasions, a class may be cancelled due to low enrollment numbers. It is recommended students enroll early to complete the program in advance of their required court date. Carl Sandburg College and staff are not responsible for students who miss the class and the court denies a completion date extension. 

For additional information or to register by phone 309.345.3501.