Traffic deaths across the nation are rising and national experts are ramping-up efforts to bring awareness to highway safety. One way to improve safety is to enroll teens in a training course to help them incorporate safe practices into their driving routine. Sign-ups are now underway for the Driver Education Program provided by Floyd County Schools during the summer. "This program is an excellent way to help your teen driver get off to a good start in developing safe driving habits," commented Bo McKenzie, coordinator of the driver's education course for Floyd County Schools.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported, after a record low number of traffic fatalities in 2014, the trend did not hold for 2015. NHTSA reports show traffic fatalities rose at an alarming rate of 8.1 percent for the first half of last year. "These numbers are a call to action," noted Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on the NHTSA website.
Enrolling young drivers in a training program is an excellent way to get teens on the road to becoming good drivers. "The program provides classroom instruction on traffic laws, safety and developing good driving habits," said McKenzie. "Participants in the program also get experience behind the wheel on a driving course and actual behind-the-wheel highway driving with an instructor." The program has been training young drivers since 1976 and is open to any young driver in the area. You do not have to be enrolled in Floyd County Schools to take the course.
Classroom sessions will be held at Pepperell High School and will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.
Wednesday through Saturday, June 1-4 for students attending Armuchee High, Darlington and high schools from other counties.
Monday through Thursday, June 6-10 for Coosa High and Pepperell High students
Monday through Thursday, June 13-16 for students attending Model High, Rome High and home school students
If a student can't attend the week designated for their school, they may attend another of the weeks on the schedule. Registration for the course is underway now and the fee for the FCS Drivers Education Program is one of the lowest in the area at $200.
The program consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction, four hours of range driving time and two hours of road driving. Range driving will begin June 6 and conclude on June 23. The range driving is held on the course across from the Floyd County Board of Education office on Riverside Parkway. The range driving and road driving will be scheduled for the week following a participant's classroom instruction. Other driving arrangements can be made, if the student can't participate the week after their classroom instruction.
Floyd County students should register through the school they attend. Also, Rome High and Darlington students may register through their school. All other students attending high school outside of the county or in home school may register by contacting Lacie Hardigree at Floyd County Schools at 706.234.1031, ext. 7149.
Students have an option regarding how they receive credit for the course. Students who have completed the eighth-grade may elect to receive one-half Carnegie unit of credit. These students will receive a numerical grade for the course. The participants may also elect to receive a pass/fail grade for the course. The pass/fail option will not affect the student's grade point average (GPA).
All participants must be at least 15 years-old and hold a valid learner's permit to be eligible to enroll in the class.
Contact for the program: Lacie Hardigree, 706.234.1031 ext. 7149