Teen safe driving class being offered in Forsyth County

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — More Georgia teenagers are killed in car crashes than in almost any other state.

But the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office wants to do something about that.

On Oct. 17, parents who register their teen to attend will be able participate in the P.R.I.D.E. classes, which stand for parents reducing injuries and driver error.

“You do not have to live in the county to attend any of our P.R.I.D.E. classes and above all, they’re free,” said Debbie Arnold of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s traffic specialist unit.

The class runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 3520 Settingdown Road in Cumming.

The class is designed to help parents and their new (or soon to be) teen drivers, ages 14-16, 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 on helping 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 seat belt usage, teen driving facts and stats and crash dynamics. The closing session discusses Georgia’s texting law.

Another class is being offered on Dec. 19.

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