Georgia's Teen Driver/Parent Agreement

 

A Short-term Safe Driving Contract During The Intermediate Licensing Phase (Class D)

The GOHS Teen Driver/Parent Agreement can be used as a guide and a contract for teens' rules of the road for safe driving when they are no longer required to have a parent or an adult driver accompanying them.

JUSTIFICATION

The GOHS is extremely concerned about reducing motor vehicle related deaths, injuries and crashes among the State's youth. GOHS hopes that the recommended Teen Driver/Parent Agreement will have a positive influence with new drivers as they gain maturity and experience. The GOHS Teen Driver/Parent Agreement can be used as a guide and a contract for teens' rules of the road for safe driving when they are no longer required to have a parent or an adult driver who is 21 years or older accompanying them.

The GOHS Agreement is designed to be a signed safety contract between teens and parents during the most dangerous time for a new driver. The first year of independent driving is the most dangerous period for beginning drivers based on mileage exposure. The agreement sets out the expectations that parents should have for their teens while they are continuing to develop good driving and decision making skills. During that critical year, the agreement may be modified as frequently as needed as the teen demonstrates more experience and good judgment.

Because teens between the ages of 15 and 19 years are more likely to be injured or killed as a result of motor vehicle crashes than by any other cause, special attention to their risk is warranted. Parents are encouraged periodically to renew their expectations with their new drivers to reduce crash risk behaviors.

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