Al griffin has been teaching driver’s education for nearly 15 years.
"Since 1998 I've been teaching driver’s education. I'm certified to give them the drivers license test, the road test, and of course we work on those drills quite often and then just basic driving in traffic, in neighborhoods and out on the 4-lane."
Griffin says he knows the importance of teaching teens good driving habits, because after all, lives are on the line.
"Teenagers for the most part think they're bulletproof, that it's not going to happen to them and I try to alert them and warn them about how dangerous these automobiles are."
And thanks to instructors like Griffin, many teens are getting the point. Safe driving is a must.
"In 2012 we had 96 teen fatalities on the roadways in Alabama. Last year that number decreased to 54."
Cook says while driver’s education is part of the reason for the decrease, the addition of the new graduated driver’s license law in Alabama is also to thank.
"When Alabama incorporated the Graduated Drivers License Law that's got a lot to do with it. Alabama now has a 3-stage driver’s license law."
"At age 15, what used to be called a permit is now called a stage 1 drivers license. Then when they turn 16 they come down here and they take the skills test and issued a stage 2 drivers license that has certain restrictions about how many passengers you can have and what times your allowed to be out driving your vehicle. And then when they hold that for a year, they're able to get a stage 3 drivers license which has no restrictions at all."
New laws and more education for drivers could mean safer roadways and fewer teen fatalities.
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