Teens learn driving skills from sheriff's department

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Nine teenagers on earlier this week got lessons in how to avoid crashes, and make good decisions while driving and brushed up on some rules of the road.
Payton Pearce, 15, swerved in front of an oncoming car recently, so his mom signed him up for Wednesday’s Lee County Sheriff Department’s Collision Avoidance Training course.
“I didn’t want to come but I actually learned a lot today,” the Saltillo sophomore said about the class.
“I learned a lot of things that are going to help me on the road. I’ll probably have to hear about the time I pulled out in front of a car for the rest of my life from my mom though. But I’m glad I came.”
The course included four hours of in-class sessions and a couple hours of driving through cones. Because of the high accident rate for teens, Sheriff Jim Johnson said it is a good idea to provideadditional training to young drivers.
“It’s dangerous on the roads for experienced drivers, so those who are just starting out are at more risk to have accidents,” he said. “This course will help the drivers and the people they share the roads with.”
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, automobile crashes are the leading cause of death in teenagers, resulting in one in every three being killed.
Per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about upcoming courses, call the Lee County Sheriff’s Department at (662) 841-9040.