Teens and Driving: Advanced Driving Course

Statistics show car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers. Dothan Police Department seeks to counter-attack the problem with advance driving course training.

Local police plan to contract with the partners for Highway Safety Foundation to conduct a program which teaches teens how to avoid a car crash.

In 2005, more than 3,400 teenage drivers were killed in traffic accidents.

“They're being taught how to avoid a collision by steering and light-breaking. Things such as that, not just heavy breaking,” said Sgt. Tim Ward of Dothan Police Department.

The program will cost an estimated $11,600 and will give students 12 hours of training.

City Commissioners will vote on the request next week.


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  • by Nigel Location: UK on Jul 27, 2007 at 09:23 PM
    It is interesting that in the States advanced driving tuition primarily seems to involve crash avoidance techniques whereas over here the focus is teaching people to observe and antisipate the situation in advance so that emergency action is not needed. For us anyone who gets into emergency evasive action mode is in the bad driving league; they should have seen it coming in the first place. Its the difference between being reactive and pro-active.
  • by Paul Burris Location: Tallahassee, Fl on Jul 24, 2007 at 05:20 PM
    This is a proven life-saving program had has been extremely succesfull reducing teenage crashes in other cities throughout the southeast. Invest in your childs future, make sure thet get enrolled in this program.
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