P.R.I.D.E. Driver Education Course Offered for Parents and Teens in Chatham County

(April 25, 2016) – Parker’s Emergency & Trauma Center at Memorial Health is partnering with The Coastal Health District Adolescent Health and Youth Development program and the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute (GTIPI) at the University of Georgia to offer the Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error (P.R.I.D.E.) course. The free, two-hour driver education program is designed to help teens ages 14, 15, and 16 – along with their parents and guardians – learn more about driving behaviors and laws. The next class will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 23, at the Savannah-Chatham Police Training Center located at 3401 Edwin Street in Savannah. Registration by a teen and at least one parent or guardian is required. To register, please call 912-350-1532.

“We are excited to partner with other community organizations to promote injury prevention and awareness. Our efforts will hopefully decrease the number of motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and fatalities that we see in our Level 1 trauma center,” said Amanda Ramirez, Trauma Outreach and Education Coordinator at Memorial Health.

P.R.I.D.E. is funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and is focused on helping parent and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors; teach parents and guardians how to help teens become safe drivers; help parents, guardians, and teens learn what they need to do during the supervised practice driving time; and alter attitudes and driving behaviors for novice teen drivers.

“Teen crashes and fatalities are a public health issue,” said Coastal Health District Adolescent Health and Youth Development Coordinator, LeKara Simmons. “This course will help both teens and parents feel more prepared and more confident about the entire process.

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