Originally created 03/03/03

Pilot program teaches parents how to teach their teens driving safety



CONYERS, Ga. -- In order to reduce crashes among young drivers, a pilot program in Rockdale County has been created for teen-age drivers and their parents, University of Georgia officials said.

The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has created a program that complements the county's driver's education course.

The program will help parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors, teach parents how to help their teens become safe drivers and help parents and teens alter driving behaviors and attitudes.

The suburban environment of the county "offers unique driving situations and problems for first-time drivers," said Frankie Jones, teen driving specialist for the institute.

The institute hopes to offer the program statewide.