Hundreds of teens participate in safe driving camp | Community Spirit
Every year, thousands of teenage drivers are injured or killed in car accidents.
Law enforcement officials in Monroe County are doing their part in helping keep teens safe on the road.
The Monroe County Sheriff's Office and the Forsyth Police Department teamed up the Georgia Public Safety Training Center to host their 7th annual Safe Driving Camp.
Students ages 14 to 17 were taught skid recovery, defensive driving techniques, vehicle roll-overs and basic vehicle maintenance.
Over 100 teenagers participated in the event.
The students also got a chance to navigate the Fatal Vision obstacle course. Each teen wore goggles that impaired their vision while driving a golf cart. The activity showed the dangers of operating a car while intoxicated.
Sergeant Michael Clay of the Monroe County Sheriff's office says the event is fun and it's important for the kids to learn how to be safe.
A volunteer explains why this event means so much to him. "It's important to try to educate these kids so that their parents won't have to experience what I had to through, ' says volunteer William Hires. " I lost a child because he was not belt up and its been 27 years ago. That's my goal for being here and why I volunteer and I do things that I do," says Hires.
Each student received a certificate after they successfully completed the class.
Some insurance companies even gave discounts to teens for participating in the safety class.