State Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) has introduced legislation that would require young drivers to be certified in both first aid and CPR.

State Rep. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) has introduced legislation that would require young drivers to be certified in both first aid and CPR.

House Bill 537 calls for all under the age of 18 who apply for a driver's license to complete a training course in first aid and CPR.

"Many people find themselves in situations where they are first on the scene of various emergencies," Grossman said. "I want to initiate a process where youthful drivers will have basic knowledge on how to assist in those situations."

In addition to other requirements that those under the age of 18 must satisfy when applying for an Ohio driver's license, applicants also would be required to show evidence of having successfully completed a first aid and CPR training course. The courses would have to be completed within one year preceding the date that the person first applies for a driver's license. The minimum course curriculum standards would be in accordance with those courses certified by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association or other nationally recognized first aid and CPR certification standards.

Additionally, HB 537 would require the office of the registrar of motor vehicles to provide a list of organizations approved for first aid and CPR training courses, and provide the form that would be used as evidence of applicants completing the courses.

"If we are able to change the outcome of a tragic loss through these efforts, we have accomplished much," Grossman said.