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Sheriffâ€™s seminar to teach safe driving
The Newton County Sheriffâ€™s Office is hosting a free driverâ€™s education seminar to help Newton Count Parents prepare their teens to drive.
Sponsored by the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute at the University of Georgia, P.R.I.D.E.â€”Parents Reducing Injuries andDriver Errorâ€”will be presented on December 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Classes will be held at the Newton County Sheriffâ€™s Office located at 15151 Alcovy Road Covington, Ga 30014.
Changes in the law for teen drivers require that anyone who applies for a permanent driverâ€™s license must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign a verification form affirming that a candidate has completed 40 hours (with six hours at night) of supervised driving experience, if the candidate has not successfully completed an approved education course.
Organizers say most parents don’t feel prepared, or may not know what they need to do to supervise a new teen driver behind the wheel.
"But parental involvement is key to reducing teen crashes and fatalities," said NCSO Traffic Unit 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."
He said the course is designated to fill that void and prepare 14-, 15- and 16-year olds to drive.
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.”
A teen and at least one parent or guardian must register to attend. Call the NCSO at 678-625-1469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a registration form. Or, stop by the Sheriff’s Office and pick up a form.
GTIPI offers these two hour P.R.I.D.E. seminars statewide. They are funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.