GTIPI, a Conyers-based UGA Extension program housed in the FACS department of human development and family science, will use the funds for an expansion of the Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error) program.
P.R.I.D.E. is a free, two-hour course focusing on seat belts, crash dynamics, Georgia’s teen driving law, parental influence and peer pressure. It is designed to help parents and new teen drivers learn how to manage the 40 hours of supervised practice driving time required by law.
There are roughly 200 PRIDE instructors in Georgia, with an average of 25 parent-teen classes held every month.
Since the PRIDE program was launched in 2003, more than 13,000 teens have been reached. Students who participate in the program also are informed about State Farm’s Celebrate My Drive program, which provides support and incentives for communities to support safer teen driving.
This award will enable GTIPI to expand its outreach to more communities interested in offering proven teen driving support.
“This is a natural partnership,” said Don Bower, UGA Extension specialist and FACS professor emeritus. “State Farm is a leader in all kinds of support for safer driving. Their acclaimed Celebrate My Drive initiative complements the UGA P.R.I.D.E. program to provide key elements of a comprehensive local teen driver education effort.”
For more information, contact GTIPI at (800) 342-9819.
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