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Newton Sheriff offers free driver's ed course for teens and parents

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is once again 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 Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday, April 26, 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.