Published April 25, 2013
ATLANTA—An annual event to offer parents and their teenagers a range of insights into safe driving will be held Saturday, May 4, at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
The SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy is in its eighth year. Held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with main program sessions at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., teens and parents learn the basics of safe driving through multimedia presentations, interactive demonstrations, simulators and talks by first responders and other experts.
In addition, to support greater concern for teen driving safety, local singer Phillip “Pip” Arnold will perform at the event. A 2010 graduate of Kennesaw Mountain High School, he volunteered to help the sponsor, the Safe America Foundation, out of a desire to impact teen driving in his hometown.
Topics will include Georgia driving laws, distracted and impaired driving, trauma care, railroad and bike safety, car maintenance, and insuring teens. Experience a simulator distracted driving course designed to highlight the dangers of texting while driving. Watch the traffic court drama unfold in front of a judge. Interactive exhibits will showcase safety equipment.
Parents and teens will hear 20- to 30-minute main stage presentations from Atlanta Juvenile Court Judge Gary Jackson and the Kennesaw Police Department, and representatives of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. There will be demonstrations and interactive exhibits, such as driving simulators, eye exams and close to 40 other exhibits. Participants include firefighters, emergency workers, safety experts and law enforcement personnel.
General admission for the event costs $20 for a parent and teen pair and $10 for each additional guest. Tickets are on sale at www.safeamerica.org/drive2013.
The event is held each year leading up to Mother’s Day to highlight encouraging teens to commit to being safe drivers. The Safe America Foundation is a nonprofit based in Marietta.