The Madison County Sheriff’s Office Distracted Driving program, sponsored by Morris, King & Hodge is designed to educate students of Madison County about the dangers of driving a vehicle while distracted.
During the summer when school is out, the Deputies in the School Resource Office Program will teach a one day Distracted Driving course. This course is taught at all the high schools in the Madison County School District several times during the summer months.
This exciting one day course runs from 8am to 3pm and will rotate to different high school campuses during the summer months of 2016.
The course is broken up between classroom presentations covering the following driving topics:
After the classroom lessons each will go through two driving tests. The first trip through the course will be with no distractions and the students will be graded based on the classroom lessons.
On the second trip through the course, the ride-along Deputy will instruct the students to send a text message, read a laminated card that would be hanging from the rearview mirror to simulate reading a text message, retrieve a dropped item from the back seat, or change songs on an IPod. Students will lose points for hitting cones, driving too slow and other traffic infractions.
Upon completion students receive certificate which depending on your insurance carrier, may lead to lower premiums for the teen driver. Parents will need to check with their individual carrier.
To make sure all students get the attention the need the class size will be no more than twenty students each day. The students must be at least 15 years old and obtaining an Alabama Driver’s permit in the near future.