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June 17, 2003

Albany-- The state is enforcing stricter driving laws on teenagers but many counties are dropping their drivers education programs from school curriculums. This decision has an impact not only on the safety of Georgia's new drivers, but on their finances and probably their insurance rates.

Rashaan Richardson is sixteen years old and isn't yet comfortable to begin driving, but when he is ready, his mother will have to pay at least eighty dollars if Rashaan decides to take Driver's Ed. "I don't think that parents should have to pay that when it was already in the school system" says Kathie Moore, Rashaan's mother.

Nearly 200 of Georgia's crash deaths each year occur to teenagers ages fifteen to nineteen.

Although budget cuts have driven drivers education out, Curriculum Director Ted Horton claims the Dougherty County Board of Education and Albany Technical College have provided an alternative. "There's a lot of schools in Georgia that cut this out a long time ago. We were doing something above and beyond what other schools were doing. It's bad that this has happened, but at the same time we found a way to do something they can still afford to get and the parents can get the cut on the insurance as well," says Horton.

Teen driver William Moultrie says his Drivers Ed. training has helped him prepare for his driving exam, but when asked if he would be willing to pay the eighty bucks he replied "I feel it will prepare you for the exam but that's a little too much."

Posted at 5:53 PM. by jennifer.hulsey@walb.com

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