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Group Wants Changes to Driver's Ed

By: Kelly Barfield
By: Kelly Barfield

Learning to drive is a responsibility that most teenagers look forward too.

Many have the opportunity to do so with a driver's ed coach through their high school, but if one group gets its way, the state would allow off duty police officers to teach a driver's education course.

Student Zach Hall says, "The police officer would know what to look for on the roads to better help the drivers."

Driver's ed instructor Steve Lankford says he's not comfortable with an officer teaching students.

"You know it's not something you just walk out the door and learn on the job. You've got to have a pretty good idea of what you're doing before you walk into a classroom."

In Georgia, nearly 300 drivers under the age of 21 die each year, and while some people have differing opinions on who should teach driver's ed, everyone seems to agree on the fact that it's a very important course.

Lankford says, "We can educate them with ways in which they can become better and things to look out for to be defensive as a driver."

Hall says, “A lot of the problem is just teens getting out too early with out really knowing how to drive."

The group pushing for officers teaching the course believes it would make driving classes more affordable and more accessible to a larger number of teens. As of right now, there are 703 people licensed to teach driver's ed in Georgia.


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