ALBANY, GA (WALB) –More than 200 Georgia teen drivers and passengers die in car crashes every year, the fifth highest rate in the nation. South Georgia law enforcement wants to prevent those tragedies, by teaching teens and their parents safer driving lessons.
Tuesday officers from Dougherty County, Leesburg, and Wilcox County received drivers' training lessons from the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention
Institute. These officers will teach P.R.I.D.E. courses to teens and their parents. The two hour course teaches parents how to correctly supervise their teen driver as they learn, and the teens life saving lessons.
Dana Porter of the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute said " The teens learn how they can lose their license, how they can lose their lives, and the impact on those, not only themselves, but also their families."
Dougherty County Police Lt. Thomas Jackson said "We need to reach these teens and show them what could be the results of their driving. They don't need to learn it by killing somebody, they need to learn it prior to that."
The Dougherty County Police is signing up parents and teens for the Georgia P.R.I.D.E. driving course, and it's not limited to only Dougherty County residents.