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Safe driving classes for teen drivers

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) - The Dalton Police Department is offering a training program for teenage drivers. The police department has adopted the Collision Avoidance Training Program as an effort to reduce the number of teenage injuries and deaths due to automobile crashes.

The C.A.T. program is an advanced defensive driving and vehicle control program. It's open to all teens at least 16 years old with a valid operator's license. Parents are encouraged to enroll their teens several months prior to their 16th birthday. This program does not fulfill the Joshua Law requirements.

The 10-hour course is taught by trained and certified Dalton Police Officers held over a two-day period, 2 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of one-on-one behind-the-wheel training. Classroom instruction will be held on Friday evenings and behind-the-wheel training will be held on Saturdays. Registration fee for the two-day course is $25.00 per student. The class will be limited to ten (10) drivers per class. Additional classes can be scheduled for groups.

The first class will be held December 19th and 20th.

Students must use their own (or parent/guardian's) vehicle for behind-the-wheel training. The idea is for the students to learn to handle the vehicle they will typically be driving. Behind-the-wheel training is conducted on a closed course, at speeds of 35 mph and below. Students may use cars, trucks, minivans or SUV's, but vehicles with modified suspension, oversized tires or other unsafe components will not be permitted on the driving range.

At the end of the class, students who have successfully completed all driving range skills will receive a Certificate of Completion. Certificates can be presented to most auto insurance companies for discounted insurance premiums, or proudly displayed.

The curriculum was developed around the fact that most crashes involving teenage drivers are classified as “avoidable” and are due to a lack of experience or training.

This course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the responsibilities and liabilities of the driver, vehicle dynamics, friction and the effects of intoxicating substances on their ability to operate a vehicle.

Students will work with law enforcement on the following life-saving skills during the behind the wheel section of the course:
  • Evasive maneuvers
  • Threshold/emergency braking
  • Forward and reverse serpentine
  • Cornering and backing
For more information on this program or to enroll your teen, please contact PFC David Saylors at 706-278-9085 Ext. 124, or via email.
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