Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error)
Introduction The Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. program was created in 2003 by the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) in an effort to reduce the high number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving teen drivers in the state of Georgia.This program addresses driver attitude, knowledge, and behavior, rather than technical hands-on driver skills.It complements driver education and training; it is not a replacement for these courses.
The P.R.I.D.E. program offers a free, two-hour course designed to help parents and their new teen drivers, ages 14-16, learn what they need to do during the 40 hours (with 6 hours at night) of supervised practice driving time.(Driver Education is required for teenagers who want to obtain their Class D license at age 16.)
Curriculum The P.R.I.D.E. curriculum includes teen driving facts and statistics, crash dynamics, and information on Georgia’s Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA), including Joshua’s Law.During the two-hour course, parents receive instructions (and a take-home guide) on what to do during supervised driving practice time with their teen drivers, while teens engage in a roundtable discussion about risky driving behaviors.At the conclusion of the course, parents and teens enter into an agreement to “Ride with P.R.I.D.E.”
Follow-Up and Evaluations Follow-up surveys and evaluations are conducted 60 days after completion of the course and again at one year following the course.Certificates of completion are mailed from GTIPI to all participants who return the completed 60-day survey.
Statewide Implementation A minimum of two instructors is required to conduct each class.For statewide implementation, a minimum of four certified instructors is needed for every rural county and 25 for all metro counties.GTIPI provides instructor manuals, handbooks for participants, and all other training materials (excluding equipment) to all certified instructors.GTIPI staff monitors and assist new instructors with their first class and with subsequent classes if deemed necessary.
Local Class Schedule
The Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office intends to teach the P.R.I.D.E. program quarterly. The next class will be held at the Sheriff’s Office located at 119 Old Monticello Road on April 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Due to limited space only 15 teens will be accepted for this class. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. To request a registration form, call Capt. Michael Lumpkin at (478) 445-1929.