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PRIDE program helps young drivers

POSTED: June 19, 2013 1:00 a.m.

As teenagers start learning how to drive, they and their parents can do so with PRIDE. The Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error, or PRIDE program will be Thursday at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex.

The event, said organizer Debbie Arnold will teach new and future drivers about “crash dynamics, understanding Georgia teen driving laws, the licensing process and will be talking to the parents about coaching their new driver and getting them keys to the wheels and keeping them safe.”

“It’s a lot of tips and good manners on the road,” she said.

Arnold said the class is not hands-on. It’s mostly conversation and videos showing how a child can prepare for the 40 hours of supervised practice driving required of all new teenage drivers to get their license.

The two-hour class is open to teens ages 14 to 16. At least one parent must attend the event, Arnold said.

That way, she said, “they know they can talk to their child through what they were taught in class.”

“It’s a team effort,” she said.

The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex on 3520 Settingdown Road.




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