Suwanee offering free two hour course to safer teen driving

New teen drivers and their parents are encouraged to register for the Suwanee Police Department's free two-hour Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) program. The class will be offered 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9, at the Suwanee Police Training Center, 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Georgia Teens Ride With PRIDE is a national, award-winning two-hour course designed to help parents and their new, or soon to be, teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by Georgia law. The course focuses on driver attitude, knowledge, and behavior. Rather than a technical, hands-on driver training program, PRIDE addresses seat belts, crash dynamics, Georgia's teen driving laws, parental influence, and peer pressure.

A formal evaluation of parents and teens shows PRIDE provides measurable increases in knowledge about safe driving practices, risk factors, and Georgia law. Their data indicates knowledge about safety, eliminating risk, and steps for graduated driving practice can save lives.

The course is free and open to the public, but space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is required by Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Registration forms are available in the Quick Clicks section of the Suwanee homepage. A parent or guardian is required to attend with their teen.

The Suwanee Police Department offers PRIDE in cooperation with the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute.

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