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NCSO hosts safe driving course for teens

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a free driver’s education course sponsored by the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute at the University of Georgia, P.R.I.D.E.—Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error.
Sheriff Ezell Brown is concerned with the increased number of traffic related accidents and fatalities among teen drivers, due to texting and cell phone use while driving. Changes in the law for teen drivers require applicants for permanent driver’s license have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign a verification form affirming a candidate has completed 40 hours (with six hours at night) of supervised driving experience.

“Parental involvement is key to reducing teen crashes and fatalities,” said Traffic Unit Corporal J.L. Redlinger. “Teens want the practice time so they can get their license, but need to know how to communicate with their nervous parents.”

The course is designed to help Newton and surrounding Counties’ parents prepare their teens to drive and help reduce traffic related accidents and fatalities. The class will be held Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Newton County Sheriff’s Office Training Room located at 15151 Alcovy Road Covington, GA 30014.

The course will:

  • Help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors;
  • Teach parents and guardians how to help their teens become safe drivers;
  • Help parents, guardians and teens learn what they need to do during supervised practice driving time;
  • Alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers.

“P.R.I.D.E. is an excellent orientation to the driver education process and teen driving laws. It’s designed to help young people become better decision-makers, especially new drivers. It will help parents and their new teen drivers learn what they need to do during those 40 hours of driving time. Our ultimate goal is to reduce risk-taking behavior and youth-related car crashes”, states Cpl. Redlinger.

A teen and at least one parent or guardian must register to attend. Please call the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at 678-625-1469 or email and request a registration form, or stop by the Sheriff’s Office to pick up a form.
  Announcement of Citizens Firearm Safety Course

On behalf of Sheriff Ezell Brown and the Newton County Sheriff's Office Training Unit, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in your interest in the Citizens' Firearm Safety Course. The class will consist of information on laws governing use of deadly force, firearm safety at and away from the firing range, nomenclature of the basic revolver and semi-automatic pistols, and a chance to complete a course of fire at the Newton County Sheriff's Office Firing Range.

The Citizens' Firearm Safety Course will consist of eight (8) hour block of instruction and demonstration on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 8:00AM to 4:00PM.

The class will be conducted at the Newton County law Enforcement Training Center located at 15151 Alcovy Road, Covington, Georgia from 8:00AM till 11:30AM. At 12:30PM, after lunch, we will meet at the Sheriff's Office Range located at 272 Lower River Road, Covington, Georgia for live fire exercises.

Applications can be obtained and returned to the Newton County Sheriff's Office from now until March 11, 2016. Participants must be at least 21 years of age, consent to and pass a criminal background check, and produce a valid Georgia Driver's License. Participants must supply their own firearm and ammunition. Your firearm and ammunition must be in good and serviceable condition. Also, the firearm must be at least be a .380 caliber.

If you are selected, you will be notified by mail, but we prefer to notify you by e-mail, if you supply an e-mail address on the application. If you do not receive a notification, you may contact us to check the status of your application.

If you have any questions, please contact Lt. Paul Gunter, Agency Training Coordinator, at (678) 625-1444 or Sgt. Randy Downs, Range Master at (678) 625-1404.

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