Drivers under 21 accused of traffic violations in Milton may now attend the two-hour program in lieu of the six-hour defensive driving course traditionally offered to reduce driver’s license point deductions.
Any Milton resident or their child may also take the course for no cost any time it is offered.
Classes are held monthly. For more information, visit www.tvip.org.
The program is designed to give judges an educational initiative in lieu of or in addition to fines and probation.
It was developed in 2006 and is used by a number of court systems in the metro Atlanta area.
The objective, according to its creators, is to get rid of the “It won’t happen to me” mindset and reinforce the need to wear seat belts.
The program contains:
nReal-life stories of teens killed in car crashes, including the cause of the crash and how it could have been prevented
nA texting video
nA teen car crash victim or family of a victim sharing their story
nA question and answer session.
Though the class is shorter, it is a much more harrowing session, said Clerk of Court Brooke Lappin.
“This has more real-life applications and we felt it would be much more successful,” said Lappin.
Milton Chief Judge Brian Hansford brought the program to Milton after learning of its success in reducing teen fatalities in other jurisdictions.
Plans are underway to implement the same program in the Roswell Municipal Court, where he also presides.
“I believe the court’s mission with young drivers is not necessarily to punish, but to preserve lives. I hope this program catches on in all of north Fulton and that more young lives can be saved,” Hansford said.
“Something this real can help prevent future fatalities.”