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Department of State takes action against Ionia County driver education provider

LYONS, Mich.-- The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) has suspended the provider and instructor certificates of an Ionia County driver education provider for alleged violations of the Driver Education Provider and Instructor Act that were discovered during an investigation by MDOS staff following a consumer complaint.

IDRIVE Academy LLC, owned by Brian and Jessica DeShane and located at 8283 Sunset Drive in Lyons, has been summarily suspended, effective February 24. The numerous violations discovered during the investigation include but are not limited to: exceeding the number of students allowed in a classroom by the fire marshal; failing to provide integrated and related classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction; failing to provide at least 24 hours of classroom instruction as required for Segment 1; failing to provide behind-the-wheel instruction and hours of observation as required; and misrepresenting the quantity and quality of instruction provided to students.

MDOS has suspended the instructor certificate of Brian DeShane, and the provider certificate held by Brian and Jessica DeShane, and will be seeking revocation of the certificates.

The Department of State cannot issue certificates of completion to students who have participated in the courses. Consumers may seek remedy by filing a formal criminal complaint, filing a claim against the surety bond held by the provider and/or pursuing civil litigation.

MDOS inspects and investigates driver education providers and instructors to ensure compliance with the Driver Education Provider and Instructor Act. Consumers who have a complaint against IDRIVE Academy LLC, are encouraged to file a complaint online.

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