Openings for driver's ed still available

CONYERS — In an effort to fill the remaining spots for this summer's student driver's education program in Rockdale County, the instructor will hold a final registration this week.

The final registration for the summer driver's education course is from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education office at the Rockdale Career Academy, located at 1064 Culpepper Drive off Parker Road in Conyers.

If you go

• What: Final Summer 2010 Driver Education Registration

• When: 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday; classes are June 7 to June 22 or June 23 to July 9

• Where: Career, Technical and Agricultural Education office at the Rockdale Career Academy, 1064 Culpepper Drive, Conyers

• Cost: $350/in-county residents, $400/out-of-county residents; cash or money order only

• More Information: Visit www.rockdale.k12.ga.us or call Charlie Bryant, driver's education instructor, at 770-388-5677, ext. 3189

Charlie Bryant, a driver's education instructor of Rockdale County Public Schools, said several spaces are still available.

Session 1 of summer driver education is scheduled from June 7 to July 2, and Session 2 is scheduled from June 23 to July 9, which includes a holiday on July 2 for observance of Independence Day. Class is held from 8 to 11 a.m. each scheduled day. At registration, students sign up to drive in one of the two-hour blocks. Only the 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. blocks are available right now.

Bryant said up to a dozen spaces are open for the first session, but it is contingent on the number of students who register and the availability of an additional teacher. Even more slots are open for the second session, and it also is contingent on the number of students who register for the program.

Tuition is $350 for in-county residents and $400 for out-of-county residents and must be paid by cash or money order at the time of registration.

Parents must show their student's learner's permit or driver's license or a copy of it at registration. Before classes begin this summer, students must have 10 to 15 hours of driving practice.

Although the driver's education course provides students with scenarios and situations they may come in contact with while driving and provides them practice with parking and driving in heavy traffic on the interstate and on rural roads, parents also need to help them practice driving during and after their students complete the course, Bryant said.

After students successfully complete the class, Bryant will issue them a certificate. Students taking driver's education courses can reduce insurance costs with some companies.

Georgia students who are under 17 years old are required to take a driver's education course before they can obtain a driver's license. Alternatives include attending a commercial school or taking it online through the state Department of Transportation.

Next school year, Bryant will teach driver education courses at Heritage High School for the first and fourth quarters, Rockdale County High School for the second quarter and Salem High School for the third quarter. Registration for those programs will be held at a later date.