‘PRIDE’ driver education course hosted at SCMPD Training Center

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - An initiative to get our areas youngest drivers to stay safe on the roads.

"Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error," or PRIDE course, held at the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department's Training Center in Savannah. Like the title states, it's just as informational for parents as it is for their kids.

PRIDE happens every other month, offered by Memorial Health, Safe Kids Savannah and the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute.

"Teens often get their, they mimic the driving behaviors of their parents. And that's why parents and teens should attend this class together so that we can emphasize the importance of leading by example and knowing that your teen is always watching you," said Amanda Ramirez, with Trauma Outreach and Education at Memorial Health.

WTOC caught up with one teen, a 7th grader, not even old enough to drive, attending the course for the second time. He tells us he wants to learn all he can before getting his license and pass along the information to his friends and family.

"Wear your seatbelt because you don't know what can happen. For example, we got in a wreck in 2011 and I was wearing my seatbelt, thankfully. But there was still a lot of force, so imagine if I wasn't wearing my seatbelt," said Dekevian George, a Savannah Classical Academy student.

The next PRIDE course is June 10. If you're interested in signing up, please call/email Amanda Ramirez at 912.350.1532 or ramiram1@memorialhealth.com.

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