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Students can register for driver's education soon

CONYERS -- Parents of high school students wanting their children to take a driver education course in Rockdale County this summer can register their students for it in a few weeks.

Registration for Rockdale County's summer 2011 driver education is scheduled from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 for in-county students and from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 9 for out-of-county students at the Rockdale Career Academy, located at 1064 Culpepper Drive, off Parker Road, in Conyers.

Charlie Bryant is the driver education instructor for Rockdale County Public Schools, which utilizes vehicles from Courtesy Ford and Conyers Honda.

Session one of summer driver education is scheduled from June 6 to June 17 and June 21, and session two is scheduled from June 22 to July 6 and July 8, which includes a holiday on July 4 for observance of the holiday. Class is held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. each scheduled day, and at registration, students sign up to drive in one of the two-hour blocks -- from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at RCA.

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

Also at registration, parents must show their student's learner's permit or driver's license or a copy of it, and before classes begin this summer, students must have 10 to 15 hours of driving practice to ensure basic car control skills. Bryant suggests families practice at the Rockdale Career Academy after hours and on weekends, the Georgia International Horse Park when events aren't scheduled and in Rockdale County high school parking lots.

During the course, Bryant and other instructors provide students with scenarios and situations they may come in contact while driving and provides them practice with parking and driving in heavy traffic, on the interstate and on rural roads.

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

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

During the school year, driver education courses are offered at Rockdale County high schools. Registration for those programs will be held at a later date.

More information about the program is available at www.rockdale.k12.ga.us or by contacting Bryant at 770-388-5677, ext. 3189 or bonnycharlie@att.net.