Newton Sheriff offers drivers education course for teens

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is hosting a free driver's education course aimed at helping parents prepare their teens for the responsibility of driving.

Dubbed P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error), courses will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 6-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 to 1 p.m.; and Thursday, Feb. 23, from 6-8 p.m. All sessions will be held at the NCSO training room located at 15151 Alcovy-Jersey Road.

The two-hour seminar is designed to educate parents and their teen drivers about TADRA (Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act), Joshua's Law and other Georgia driving laws. It will also help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving habits; teach how best to help their teens become safe drivers; learn what they need to do during supervised driving time; and alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers.

The course is recommended for those 14 and older.

To attend one of the sessions, the teenager is not required to have a learner's or driver's permit; however, a teen and at least one parent or guardian must register and attend the course.

For more information or to register, call the NCSO at 678-625-1431 or email jmccoy@newtonsheriffga.org, or stop by the NCSO headquarters on Alcovy-Jersey Road.


KimberlyD 3 years, 9 months ago

Really?? As cut back as the Sheriff's office is?? Isn't it the parent's place to teach their kids how to drive? We are in a budget crisis. The police need to be on the road keeping people safe not teaching kids how to drive!!


smallTown 3 years, 9 months ago

THANK YOU, KimberlyD!!!!!!! I'm glad that I'm not the only one that thinks like that!


Sarge44 3 years, 9 months ago

another one desperately seeking re election by catering to some few who won't parent


will 3 years, 9 months ago

I think we should also teach adults how to drive. Like the driver who changes lanes on the interstate from the left lane across three lanes to the right and back over and over and the woman in the left lane on her cell phone going 50 MPH holding up traffic and its the same type of person that changes lanes constantly. These people are more of a hazard than a 16 year old driver. I almost forgot about the idiots that can not read a sign that says a lane is closing ahead, they stay in the lane until it closes and then they run people off the road trying to cut in at the last minute. Please open this course to all drivers.


bigmike 3 years, 9 months ago

I think you folks need to read the article a little closer. This is not free driver's ed, this is a two hour course that is supposed to educate the parents who WILL teach the teens to drive. The article says the course is "aimed at helping parents prepare their teens for the responsibility of driving." And also please note that a parent must attend with the teen. You guys complain that teens and adults can't drive or don't understand basic traffic laws and this course is set up to help eliminate that. It's a two hour course. It's not like the county is sinking millions into teaching every kid how to drive.


guesswho 3 years, 9 months ago

You people find the smallest topic to make a negative remark about. The current elected Sheriff Brown has done a lot more for the county than the former Sheriff. When Joe Nicholas was in office you didn't have much to say, but we all know why that was.. hmmmm.. Newton County is still stuck in the 1930's and will never change because of the continuing cycle. This world is slowly dying away because of negativity and so on. All you care about is if he is worried about a reelection well I think you are more than he is.. Get a life! Everyone in Newton County could benefit from a few hours of driving lessons, because the current youth could careless about safety. Parents need to be more involved as well and stay off Facebook and get back to being a parent. Budget cuts happen every year in every county and I don't see normal people blogging about their county's budget crisis or is it because you are probably jobless or hate your current situation. Stop bringing personal issues on a public news site. Have a blessed 2012!


will 3 years, 8 months ago

guesswho, just pull the race card it people like you that keep it alive


smallTown 3 years, 8 months ago

YEP, guesswho, sounds like they just like to keep the race card out to throw in someone's face, when it has NOTHING to do with this topic.. I guess if I don't buy choc. milk and buy reg. milk, my hand will get spanked.. WTH get a life


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