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Free driving class held for teens, parents


May 14, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — As a proud sponsor, Forsyth County Sheriff's Office is gearing up for this year's P.R.I.D.E. class – parents reducing injuries and driver error.

On May 15, the first of several classes planned for 2014 will be held for parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16.

"I get excited to be able to get the word out," said Debbie Arnold of the Forsyth County Sheriff's traffic specialist unit. "This class is so good for teens and their parents."

The class runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Forsyth County Public Safety Training Center, 2310 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming.

Arnold said interested persons do not need to live in Forsyth County to sign up and participate.

During the class, participants learn what they need to do during the required 40 hours of supervised practice driving time. Since its inception in 2003, P.R.I.D.E. has reached more than 12,000 families throughout the state.

P.R.I.D.E. focuses on helping parents become more aware of their own driving behaviors, teaching parents to help their children become safe drivers and altering attitudes and driving behaviors of novice drivers.

P.R.I.D.E. is a two-hour course that is divided into both joint and separate parent and teen sessions. It focuses on driver knowledge, attitude and behavior. The opening session discusses seatbelt usage, teen driving facts and stats and crash dynamics. The closing session discusses Georgia's texting law.

Classes we also be held on July 17, Sept. 18 and Nov. 20.

Email DAArnold@forsythco.com to register for the free course. For more information, visit www.ridesafegeorgia.org.

FH 05-14-14

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