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Forsyth County News
Safe America Foundation is still registering students for a driving course next week.

The nonprofit organization has joined with the Forsyth County Fire Department to teach safe driving techniques to non-licensed drivers.

The course is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Forsyth County Public Safety complex on Settingdown Road.
Cost is $439 per student, though those who register before Monday will receive a $100 discount.

Abbey Richey, public relations director for Safe America, said the course is open to teens and adults.

“We’re really trying to get people out there and signed up,” she said.

Richey explained that students will receive 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours behind the wheel. She said the course also teaches basic vehicle maintenance.

Fire Capt. Jason Shivers said instruction will come from firefighters who not only know how to operate emergency vehicles but can train others.

“It’s attractive to public safety because we see the tragedy first hand of not just youngsters, but everyone involved in motor vehicle accidents,” Shivers said. “We want to reduce that tragedy as much as possible.”

He said he hopes parents will find comfort in having their teen drivers go through the course and learn from public safety officials.

“We are very proud of our involvement with Safe America and are honored by the opportunity to try to keep our area children safe and teach them safe driving skills,” he said.

Richey said Safe America will hold an opening celebration, complete with refreshments, at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the complex.

To register for the course, call Safe America at (770) 973-7233.

E-mail Julie Arrington at juliearrington@forsythnews.com.