By Patrick Yost
Trooper First Class Patrick Prosser wants to save a life. Maybe more.
As a Georgia State Patrol trooper, Prosser has seen first-hand the tragic results of poor decisions drivers make on Georgia’s roads.
Especially, he says, with young drivers.
Prosser, in conjunction with the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute at the University of Georgia, is offering teen drivers and potential drivers from ages 14 to 16 years old, a two-hour Parents Reducing Injuries and Drivers Error (PRIDE) class in Morgan County.
The class, which will have limited seating, is open to teens and at least one parent and will be held at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. The class is free to all participants but registration must be completed by Wednesday, July 31. Registration forms can be picked up at the Georgia State Patrol Post in Madison, 1060 Monticello Road. The class will last approximately two hours and will cover several topics for teen drivers and their parents including:
• Helping parents and guardians become more aware of their own driving behaviors
• Teaching parents and guardians how to help teens become safe drivers
• Helping parents and teens learn what they need to do during the supervised practice driving time
• Altering poor attitudes and driving behaviors of novice teen drivers
• Addressing the importance of seat belt use Prosser will lead the class with multimedia presentations. “If it makes a difference in one life it’s all worth it,” he says.
The class will focus also on the dangers of texting and driving, drinking and driving and will delve deeply into teen specific laws that can affect a young driver’s license. “They are learning,” Prosser says. “Some just don’t know the laws.”
He will also discuss the danger of allowing peer pressure to affect decisions by young drivers. “Sometimes you need to step up an save everybody’s life,” he says.
All class materials are provide free of charge.