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Lanier Tech, Winder Police team up for teen safe driving initiative

By Staff
WINDER - The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) will be partnering with the Winder Police Department and Lanier Technical College to offer a free, two-hour driving course for both parents and teens starting at 6:30 p.m. on January 24 at the Lanier Tech campus in Winder.

The course, Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error (PRIDE), helps parents and guardians prepare their teens to drive.

"PRIDE is an excellent orientation to the driver education process and teen driving laws. It's designed to help young people become better decision makers, especially as new drivers," said Frankie Jones, GTIPI's director. "It will help parents and their new teen drivers learn what they need to do during those 40 hours of driving time. Our ultimate goal is to reduce risk-taking behavior and youth related car crashes."

GTIPI is funded by a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and will be partnering with School Resource Officer Missy Towe and HEAT Officer Chris Wigner, both of the Winder Police Department.

Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (HEAT) is another grant funded program from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety designed to reduce traffic related injuries and improve driving behaviors.

The Georgia Teens Ride with PRIDE classes will complement local driver education programs and will help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors. This course will also teach parents and guardians how to help their teens become safe drivers, help parents and teens learn what they need to do during supervised practice driving time and alter attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers. A teen and at least one parent or guardian must register to attend this class.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the City of Winder website at www.cityofwinder.com under the police department's "PRIDE program" link or can be picked up in person at the police department located at 94 North Broad Street in Winder. Lanier Technical College's Winder campus has agreed to allow Winder Police and GTIPI to host this event on their campus so more people can attend. Enrollment is limited.
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