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Great Hang Up: Enhancing Driver Education

7:51 PM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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In October, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal pulled together students from across the state and created a Teen Driving Commission.

Two central Georgians, one from Rutland and one from Westfield, made the cut.

Over the past few months, they've been brainstorming ways to steer drivers away from some of the most common distractions.

Felicia Ashley, a junior at Rutland, says, "With new things and technology constantly changing, it's not actually helping us, but we're trying to think of ways we can still keep the technology but also help save lives."

They've zeroed in on the state's Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program as a way to educate drivers before they get on the road.

Anyone under 18 must take the four hour course before getting a drivers license. It's usually incorporated into the health and PE curriculums for ninth and tenth graders.

The focus is on the dangers of alcohol and drunk driving, but the teen commission has another vision.

They want to add lessons on distracted driving, especially texting, and encourage more discussion rather than lectures.

"You get a little booklet and basically study for the test, and it's just become too black and white. So, maybe just something to get people thinking, because sometimes a test won't do it," says Baylee Culverhouse from Westfield.

The entire teen commission will present this and other ideas to legislators at the capitol in mid-March.

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