Teens and parents learn to prevent accidents in Forsyth County

PRIDE class coming in September

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A course to provide parents and teens with the knowledge to prevent accidents is taking place next month.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety & Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute is presenting Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE (Parents Reducing Incidents of Driver Error).

On Sept. 19, parents and teens will meet at the Forsyth County Public Safety Center, 3520 Settingdown Road to participate in joint and separate parent and teen sessions.

Debbie Arnold, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office administrative assistant, said the event is free, but participants must register for the two-hour course that focuses on driver knowledge, attitude and behavior.

The parent session discusses Georgia's Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA), parental influence and coaching teen drivers, Arnold said. The teen session will discuss peer influence and consequences of risky driving behavior.

According to the sheriff’s office, follow-up surveys and evaluations are conducted 60 days after completion of the course and again at one-year and two-years following the course.

“Since the program began surveying families in November 2005, only 7.5 percent of the teens who have completed the PRIDE class have been involved in a crash in which they were driving and only 5.2 percent of the teens have committed a traffic violation in which they received a citation,” Arnold said.

Along with course completion, teens will receive approval for two-hours credit toward the 40-hour or 20-hour supervised practice driving time.

Arnold said since the inception of this class in 2003, PRIDE has reached about 12,000 families throughout the state.

This is the third of four classes the sheriff’s office will hold this year. The final class in 2013 will be held on Dec. 19.

For more program and registration information, visit www.forsythsheriff.org/index.php/programs/p-r-i-d-e-program.