Some public safety organizations are working together to ensure that teens in Henry County learn safe driving principles.
Henry County Police Department and the Safe America Foundation are hosting the Seventh Annual Safe Teen Georgia Driving Academy at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Safe Teen Georgia Driving Academy is scheduled for May 5, from 8 a.m., until 3 p.m. The Atlanta Motor Speedway is located at 1500 Tara Place, in Hampton.
“Chief Nichols and the police department are dedicated to educating parents and teens against the dangers of driving recklessly,” said Henry County Police Lt. Scott Gray of the Special Operations Division. “The entire day is dedicated to educating our teen drivers and their parents about the dangers of driving impaired and recklessly. The event will also have a texting-while-driving course and teens will also be able to put on drunk goggles to simulate the effects of driving impaired.”
Teenagers and their parents attending the event will learn about Georgia driving laws, the consequences of distracted and impaired driving, trauma care, insurance, car maintenance, railroad safety and more in “pit stop” classes throughout the day. There are four pit stop classes scheduled to be held during teen driving academy.
The first area will cover Georgia driving laws and have a mock driving under the influence (DUI) arrest involving a teen driver. The driver will then have to go before a judge and be sentenced for DUI.
“This shows the parents and teens the consequences legally of being an impaired driver,” said Gray.
The second area will give detailed information about what happens in an emergency room after a traffic crash. The third area will cover car maintenance and proper safe auto care.
“It shows parents and teens what to look for in an unsafe automobile,” Gray said.
The fourth area will cover the repercussions of accidents and arrests on insurance rates for teens and parents.
Registration for the Seventh Annual Safe Teen Georgia Driving Academy is $25, and may be completed online, on the website, www.safeamerica.org.
The newest young star in NASCAR auto racing, Tia Norfleet, will make a special appearance to greet fans.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience driving on an obstacle course using fatal vision goggles or texting, watch what happens in a roll-over accident, and take a braking test on simulators. In addition, there will be demonstrations of a car crash extraction with the jaws of life and live helicopter rescues.
The Henry County Police Department Special Operations Division will be represented by members of the HEAT, K-9, Traffic, Motors, and COPS units at the event. Henry County Public Safety officials will be on hand to answer questions and give vital information on keeping teens safe while behind the wheel.
For more information about the Seventh Annual Safe Teen Georgia Driving Academy, visit www.safeamerica.org.