- Published: Thursday, 04 December 2014 10:06
The SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy is a driving expo held every year in the Atlanta metro area. The day-long event allows teens 14 and older and their parents/guardians to learn the basics of safe driving through interactive presentations and demonstrations taught by the Safe America Foundation training staff, law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel and juvenile traffic court judges.
For the past decade, between 5,000 and 6,000 teenagers die in vehicle crashes every year. These drivers are also 400% more likely to die in a car crash than 25-34 year old drivers. This is not just a national problem; Georgia ranks 4th in the nation for teen car crashes, yet a very low percentage of the state’s teens get driver education. Since 2002, the Safe America Foundation and the Driving Academy’s corporate sponsors have worked together to change this and make Georgia’s roads safer by teaching metro Atlanta teens the importance of safe driving.
Begun in 2002 as the Teen Driving Institute, the Driving Academy was initially a weekday driving safety event for metro-Atlanta high school students held in the parking lot of Lockheed Martin. In an acknowledgement that parental involvement has a major impact on teen driving habits, the Foundation decided to move the event to the weekend. From 2005 to 2012, the Atlanta Motor Speedway served as the Driving Academy’s home. In 2013, the event moved to its current home at the Cobb Galleria Center.
Over the years, the SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy has continued to evolve and keep pace with emerging traffic and other safety issues. Reflecting these changes, begining in 2014 the Driving Academy was combined with Safe America's SafeTomorrows youth safety program to create a program for middle and high school youth called Brain Camp.