Georgia Driver Education Commission Awards Grants for Teen Driver Training

26Governor Sonny Perdue announced today that $2,184,600 in grants have been awarded to Georgia public high schools and libraries to make driver education more accessible, effective and affordable throughout the state. Public high school grantees will use these funds to create or enhance driver education programs in their schools.  Library grantees will purchase supplemental computer terminals to be dedicated to students who need access to virtual driver education programs.

“The busy travel days of summer remind us how important roadway safety is,” said Governor Sonny Perdue.  “These grants will make driver education more accessible to young Georgians and help limit the tragic accidents that tear at our hearts every year.”

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) administered the grant application and selection process.  A grant review committee established a point system for the evaluation. Those eligible to apply were Georgia Public Libraries and Georgia Public High Schools.  The grant review committee aimed to reach high school students – particularly underserved groups –that desire to prepare and qualify for a Georgia “Class D” driver’s license by meeting new teen driving requirements mandated under Joshua’s Law.

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Joshuas Law Approved Georgia Drivers Education Course


This Georgia Drivers Ed course is entirely online, so where you work on it is totally up to you. The state of Georgia requires all new drivers to complete a Joshua’s Law approved course before being able to take their permit exam, so why not do it in a fun and easy way? This course is accessible from any computer with an internet connection, so you can do it from home, school, work, or even your favorite coffee café that has wireless internet services.


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County Schools Awarded Grant for Driver’s Ed

24Thomas County Central High School announced that it has received a $32,160 equipment grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) through the Georgia Driver’s Education Commission.

The grant helped finance a new automobile and related equipment, plus a computer and printer.

The new car, a Ford Fusion, will better meet the needs for the high school’s program. The vehicle previously used in the Driver’s Education program was a 2008 Nissan Altima with approximately 100,000 miles. Due to the age and wear on the vehicle, the car needed to be replaced. In addition to the new car, the TCCHS Driver’s Ed program received related equipment such as a braking system, rear-view mirror, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, signage, and traffic cones.

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Georgia Parent Taught Drivers Education Saves Lives

23Maybe your son just turned 15. He cannot wait to drive. Although you are not too confident he will be ready to drive anytime soon, you know it is too difficult to delay his driving until he is 18.

Or your daughter is already 16 and you are thinking how wonderful it will be to have her do some errands for you so you can spend less time as the family chauffeur.

Perhaps you heard about a recent major accident where two young drivers were badly injured and one was killed. Apparently, the inexperienced driver became distracted and lost control of the vehicle. These are the types of stories you have heard many times before in the news.

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Driver’s Education in Georgia

22Most new drivers in Georgia are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver’s education program in order to obtain a Georgia driver’s license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver’s education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver’s license application.


Georgia residents under the age of 17 must hold a learner’s permit for a minimum of twelve months, and also complete a State-approved driver’s education program before applying for a new license.

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