The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office will once again offer the Sheriff’s Telling Our Parents and Promoting Educated Drivers program, called STOPPED, as a way for parents to keep tabs on their drivers who are younger than 18.
The program, developed by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office in New York, is one of the first enacted in the state of Georgia and is proven to reduce the number of young drivers in vehicle crashes, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Robin Regan said.
“The goal is to keep parents informed, reduce teen crashes and build stronger relationships within our community,” Regan said.
He said the program began in Forsyth years ago but was relaunched in 2014 after “several years” of dormancy.
Once parents register for the program, they will receive an identification decal for the inside of the rear windshield of the vehicle driven by their teen.
If the teen is stopped by a sheriff’s deputy for any reason, the deputy will complete a notification card for the parent with the time and location of the stop, the driver’s name, the number of passengers, the reason for the stop and whether a traffic citation was issued.
The notification will then be mailed to the parent to make them aware of potential problems with their teen’s driving habits.
“The program is free and voluntary [and] parents can register multiple vehicles for their family,” Regan said.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 20 and more than 3,000 drivers between 16 and 18 years old die in the U.S. each year as a result of car crashes, according to the sheriff’s office.
Parents may register for this program by emailing a completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the application or find out more about STOPPED, visit forsythsheriff.org/s-t-o-p-p-e-d.