Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Nathan’s Driving School Teenage Drivers Education Program Offered at Chamblee High

Nathan’s Driving School Teenage Drivers Education Program Offered at Chamblee High

Chamblee, GA, December 27, 2016 – The Post Reports – Nathan’s Driving School, Inc. has announced their Teenage Drivers Education Program at Chamblee Charter High School.  The program offers 30 hours of classroom instruction that is tailored to the needs of teenagers, and valuable Behind the Wheel Instruction with Nathan’s Licensed Instructors. The Behind the Wheel Sessions are private lessons with home and/or school pick up.
The basic course is a combination of thirty (30) hours of class instruction and six (6) hours of private in-car instruction. We also offer an expanded program with thirty (30) hours of classroom instruction and eight (8) hours of in-car instruction. Students who successfully complete the course will earn a Certificate of Completion which will entitle them to receive possible insurance discounts and qualify for a $150.00 Georgia income tax credit.
One Spring Session is available. Register before January 7 and receive $20 off.  Spring Session will be Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:30-6:30 pm.
This course also meets the requirements of the “Joshua Law” which went into effect on January 1, 2007. By meeting the Joshua Law requirement, the student also has the opportunity of taking the State Road Test within the program at a discounted price.
Interested students should sign up promptly. Remember that the class size for each session is limited.
Register today at CHAMBLEEHIGHDRIVERSEDUCATION.COM.   Call Nathan’s Driving School at 770-454-9100 for more information.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chamblee Cares and Atlanta Area Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Chris Owens from the Atlanta Area Foundation for Suicide Prevention will be talking with Chamblee Cares counselor on November 8th at CCHS. She will be presenting the Foundation's Talk Saves Lives program as well as reviewing the More Than Sad curriculum.

On Wednesday, November 16th, Chamblee Cares will be sponsoring the first Parent University at Chamblee Charter High School with a presentation by Dr. Holly Middleton entitled: "Raising Happy Teenagers". The event will be from 6:30 - 8:00 pm in the Chamblee Charter High School auditorium.

All are welcome. Entrance to the event is free but voluntary donations to Chamblee Cares will be accepted.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

NO ZONE is NO for a reason. See for yourself.

When we first started driving we were constantly told by everyone to keep a safe distance between semi-trucks (18 wheelers), but why? Why? Because they will literally hit you.

the_nozone_01It is not because they want to, but because of an array of problems such as: having a much larger blind spot, their car taking longer to stop, and the biggest problem- other drivers making incorrect decisions on the road.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 2013, more than 4,000 fatal accidents happen between large trucks or busses. While some car drivers are saying that truck drivers are the bullies of the road, but actually 72% of accidents between trucks and passenger vehicles are caused by car drivers.
Variables such as improper following, failure to make a safe lane change, and driving too fast are often causes of fatal crashes between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles.
With that said, here is a video warning us about the dangers of an improper lane change.
So first, we have the truck driver keeping a modest amount of space between him and the blue truck in front of him. Okay, the black Altima switches into the semi-trucks lane. No worries, he kept a good distance. But what happens next…

What? Now this Volks Wagon wants to switch into his lane? No… you can’t. That space in front of him is so he can stop, not for you to merge into. But what does the VW do? Yeah, the driver kept merging, not knowing the truck driver needed that distance.
You can hear the truck driver in the video upset at what the Volkswagen did.This resulted in a collision where the truck driver couldn’t do anything. By the time he saw what the Volkswagen wanted to do, he was already trapped.
What we also have to keep in mind is that just because you signal for a lane change, it does not give the right to change lanes. We change lanes when the time is right and safe to do so.
The only person who could have prevented this was the Volkswagen. In no circumstances should anyone make such a dangerous lane change. If the Volkswagen followed proper rules of driving near a semi-truck, the whole accident could have been avoided.
Luckily, no one was injured! The silver lining of this accident is that we could learn from this drivers mistake. We should never try to change lanes in such a dangerous situation. Never assume that the space in front of semi-truck is for us to change lanes into, that space is the “no zone.”
With what we just saw, we should remember some basic facts about truck drivers.
1. Their blind spots are a lot larger than ours.
2. They cannot make abrupt stops, their stops take a lot more distance and time.
3. Pass trucks quickly, if you cannot then wait patiently until the time is right.
4. Avoid cutting off trucks at all costs.
5. Be a responsible driver!
We hope you found this snippet educational since the purpose of this article is to keep our family and friends safe. If you want to watch the video of the collision you can find it below.
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Police take shocking photos of two adults overdosing in car with child in back seat

Police take shocking photos of two adults overdosing in car with child in back seat

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -- Police in Ohio wanted to send a message Thursday about the heroin epidemic.
And that's exactly what they did. 
The East Livepool Police Department posted two images on the city's Facebook page showing two adults who they say overdosed on heroin in a car with a little boy in the backseat.
"We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug," the post states. "We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess. This child can't speak for himself but we are hopeful this story can convince another user to think twice about injecting this poison while having a child in their custody."
The photos have since been seen by millions of people and spread across the country. 
According to a police report, an East Liverpool officer spotted an SUV with West Virginia license plates driving erratically Wednesday. The officer saw the driver slam on the brakes when the SUV approached a stopped school bus that was dropping kids off, the police report states. The SUV came to a stop in the middle of the road and the officer approached.
The officer said the driver's head was bobbing and his speech was mostly unintelligible. Police identified the driver as James Acord and the passenger as Rhonda Pasek. Acord told the officer he was taking his front seat passenger, who was passed out, to the hospital, the report states.
The officer said he reached into the vehicle, turned it off and removed the keys just as Acord tried to drive away. The officer then noticed a 4-year-old boy in the backseat. The boy was later identified as Pasek's son.
The officer said Acord soon passed out as well. Emergency crews responded and administered Narcan, a drug used to reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. Acord and Pasek regained consciousness and were taken to the hospital.
The little boy is in the custody of Columbiana County Children's Services, according to the report. 
Acord is charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, endangering children and slowing or stopping in a roadway. Pasek is charged with endangering children, public intoxication and not wearing a seat belt.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ga. student killed in school bus crash

Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Chris Kelch said in a Tuesday statement that 15-year-old Rebecca Hall 
of Valdosta died after the crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 75 in Valdosta. Kelch said a semitrailer 
carrying a load of metal beams collided with the bus.
Lowndes County Schools said in a statement that the bus was traveling south on I-75 from Lowndes 
High School to Lowndes Middle School. The state patrol said more than a dozen students were taken to 
South Georgia Medical Center. Valdosta, in far south Georgia, is about 15 miles from the Florida line.

A questions you really don't want...

A questions you really don't want to find out the answer first-hand...

What happens if an 18-wheeler hits you...

BINGHAMTON, NY - The mayor of a New York city is searching for the people who came to the rescue after a 10-car pileup.
Binghamton mayor Rich David posted dramatic dashcam on his Facebook page from the crash on Route 17 last week.
The video captures the first moments of the crash and the actions of bystanders rushing to help. They pulled a woman from a burning car.
The woman only suffered minor cuts and bruises.
Miraculously, no one was killed.
David said he wants to find those who came to the rescue to recognize them for their heroic deeds.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Watch out: Oil Change and repair scams

Police arrest father after twin girls die in hot car

6:46 a.m. Aug. 5 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Asa North is facing charges of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct

Two twin 15-month-old girls died in a car in Carrollton Thursday evening, police said.
Asa North, the girls’ father, is facing charges of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct in their deaths, according to Channel 2 Action News.
Asa North (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
When officers pulled up to Tillman Drive, people motioned for them to head toward the back of an apartment complex.
That’s where residents were holding two unresponsive girls — Ariel Roxanne North and Alaynah Maryanne North — in a pool, trying to revive them, the television station reported. Others held ice packs and hugged as the reality of the situation set in.
Paramedics rushed the twins to Tanner Medical Center, but they were pronounced dead.
Police took Asa North, 24, to the station for questioning and later arrested the man. The mother was in Atlanta all day checking on a family member who was in a car crash. She later arrived to the hospital in Carrollton. Police told Channel 2 she was “absolutely devastated.”
A friend of the family told Channel 2 she prays the deaths were accidental.
“There’s no reason for it,” Regina Cleveland told Channel 2. “I’m hoping he didn’t mean to do it because this is something he’s going to have to live with for the rest of his life.”
A Nissan SUV parked at the complex may have been where the girls overheated, Channel 2 reported.
An investigation is ongoing.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Driver slams into Baltimore cop car while playing Pokemon Go

A Pokemon Go enthusiast slammed into a Baltimore police car while playing the game on his phone early Monday morning, according to authorities.
In body-camera video released by the Baltimore Police Department, several officers are seen standing near a police car as a Toyota Rav 4 slams into the cruiser and continues driving.
In the video, an officer runs after the vehicle, which stops near the end of the block, and the driver gets out of his car.
The officer asks if everyone is OK, and the driver, whose face is blurred in the clip, shows the police officers his cellphone.
“That’s what I get for playing this dumb--- game,” the man says to the officers.

 is not all fun and games. Here is a video of a distracted driver who struck one of our cars. 
Pokemon Go has become a summer phenomenon, a game played on smartphones in which characters are projected on the screen amid the player's actual surroundings. The goal of the game is to capture the animated figures. Unlike past app-based games, Pokemon Go is being credited with coaxing kids and adults to exercise by getting them outside to play. But it also has landed players in hot water.
During a Tuesday press conference, Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith said the police car run-in wasn't the first Pokemon Go incident in Baltimore this week.
He said multiple people had their phones stolen while playing the game in two separate incidents earlier this week.
"Way too many people have their heads buried in their phones trying to catch a Pokemon, and the criminals are catching them,” Smith said.
He noted that no one was injured when the Pokemon Go player crashed into the police car, but he said people should be aware that playing the game while driving is dangerous.
"This is no different than texting and driving, changing a CD, putting on makeup or eating a sandwich," he said. "You have to pay attention while driving."
Follow @MaryBowerman on Twitter. 
Contributing: Kimiya Manoochehri

Thursday, July 21, 2016

CCHS High School Driver Education Essay Contest 2016

A focused and responsible driver is, above all, a safe driver. However, it is especially difficult to be focused when you are learning how to drive with your mother in the passenger seat. Each time I have practiced driving with my mother, her hands latch onto the dashboard with clenched fingers and white knuckles. Her voice becomes several octaves higher than it usually sounds, and her anxiety makes it near impossible to focus on my own thoughts, let alone operating a vehicle. Any teenager who has began a driving career with his or her parents in the neighboring seat knows that mothers and fathers, while wise teachers for other life lessons, do not always make the best driving instructors.

Among the many benefits of teenage driver education is the opportunity for student drivers to practice their driving skills with trained professionals. The anxiety that often exists when learning to drive with a parent can significantly affect a teenage driver's focus on the road. Being able to sit next to a professional driving instructor with an extensive knowledge of driving laws creates a secure and relaxed environment for young adults to improve their driving skills and learn about road safety and laws. Both student drivers and parents will feel more comfortable knowing that a driving expert can look out for the student while teaching them to drive in a relaxed manner. 

Classroom instruction is also a vital aspect of teenage driver education. Although the last thing many students want to hear is that they will need to spend additional time learning in a classroom, the benefits of learning driving skills in a classroom setting with follow them from their teenage driver career and into adulthood. Apart from the small amount laws I have learned while practicing behind the wheel, I feel that there are so many rules and driving basics that I have yet to learn. Teenage drivers may not be able to learn as many laws and general rules on practice alone. With classroom instruction, they can not only grasp key driving and traffic fundamentals, but can also learn about the dangers of driving under the influence and how to make responsible decisions when driving.

An increased push for teenagers to receive driver education is unfortunately due to fatal circumstances. Stories like those of Georgia teenager Joshua Brown, who passed away in 2003 after a fatal car accident, have had a deep impact on myself and Georgia teens. The parents of Joshua Brown lobbied the state legislature to pass what is now known as "Joshua's Law," which solidifies the requirements for teenagers to be able to obtain their licenses and mandates that they have more practice behind the wheel. These tragic events help all of us realize that teenage driver education should not just be recommended, but necessary.

With teenage driver education, student drivers can learn skills that will shape their driving habits as adults, gain knowledge about driving under the influence, and have a better understanding of the laws in place to prevent accidents and fatalities. Not only will students of driver education courses feel more confident and safe on the road, parents can feel at ease knowing that their children are well prepared and ready to get their licenses. Furthermore, if I complete a teenager driver education course, I will be pleased to see that my mother's knuckles will not be white with nervousness the next time she is in the passenger seat.

Rachel Jovert 

Friday, July 8, 2016

The Importance of Driver’s Education for Teens ~ of Henry McKlin, 2nd place Nathan's Driving School Scholarship challenge from Chamblee HS

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February, 2015
The Importance of Driver’s Education for Teens
Many teenagers suffer serious injury or death from simply not understanding basic driver’s education and/or failing to be a defensive driver. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), an average of 6 teenagers die daily in the United States from injuries caused by motor vehicle crashes. This number would, without a doubt, be lower if they understood how to stay attentive and alert to what is happening on the roads at all times and eliminate distractions. Driver’s Education also improves students preparation for emergencies that can happen on the road. It is extremely important for teens that are ready to drive to fully and thoroughly understand the rules of the road and know how to be prepared for whatever happens on the road.
Distractions come in many different forms to teenage drivers, which makes these distractions a leading cause for serious injury or death amongst them. Out of all the potential distractions that teenage drivers can face if not prepared, social distractions are among the worst. The worst of these distractions is texting and driving, because it requires focusing eyes on the screen, thinking about what you are typing, and using at least one of your hands to type. All of these distractions make for an illegal and potentially dangerous incident. Another major social distraction is having friends in the car with you while driving. A rigorous driver’s education will allow students to understand the laws around social distractions and understand that texting and driving is illegal and the limits on how many non-familial passengers one may have in their car.
Driver’s Education also shows all of the extreme risks of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol while driving. According to the CDC, in 25% of fatal motor vehicle injuries amongst teens they had been under the influence of drugs or alcohol. There are stories after stories that are being told to teenage drivers that help further influence the importance to abstain from drugs and alcohol. Although it may seem like elementary knowledge, drivers education provides facts as to why wearing seat belts while driving can be life-saving. For example, in 71% of fatal car injuries in the United States, the driver was not wearing a seat belt. These stories and facts that are being provided to teens will highlight why they must stay away from distractions while on the road.
Rigorous driver’s education programs teach students what to do in the case of an emergency while on the road. These life lessons are valuable to a student driver as they start to drive because they will ride confidently, knowing that they are prepared for any emergency that could happen.
I often ride with my brother, who is a licensed 17 year old, and he reminds me of a rule that he learned in driver’s education as that same rule plays into effect on the road. This is proof that a punctilious driver’s education program is quite relevant and important for teen drivers. All in all, teenage driver education is an important, relevant, and powerful influence on the safety of teenage drivers and the safety of everyone else on the road.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Defensive Driving in Georgia

Defensive Driving in Georgia

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Georgia drivers can take advantage of defensive driving programs for safety, points reduction, license reinstatement, and insurance premium reduction. These courses teach drivers about safe, responsible driving, and can offer useful benefits for those who are able to complete them.


Defensive Driving Courses in Georgia

Drivers in Georgia who have been charged with a traffic offense may be ordered by the court to complete a defensive driving course as part of your sentence. In some cases, Georgia courts will allow you to take a defensive driving program to dismiss your traffic ticket.
Additionally, once every five years, defensive driving school courses can be taken to deduct points from your Georgia driving record to deduct seven points from your driving record. Drivers who receive 15 points within 24 months will have their license suspended, so this course may help you retain your driver's license if you have accumulated too many points. If you're not able to stop the suspension, a driver improvement course will be required to reinstate your suspended driver's license.
Often, Georgia drivers find that by taking a defensive driving course to dismiss a traffic ticket or reduce points is beneficial, allowing them to avoid a conviction or license suspension. Additionally, the course may prevent your insurance rates from going up following a traffic violation conviction.

Georgia Defensive Driving Course Eligibility

Driver improvement courses are able to dismiss your ticket only under special circumstances. Often, a judge will decide whether you will be allowed to dismiss your ticket under certain circumstances, namely, by taking a defensive driving course. You may need to enlist the help of an attorney and work on a special agreement with the court to take defensive driving for traffic ticket dismissal.
Often, instead of ticket dismissal, courts will require traffic offenders to complete a defensive driving course. You may also need to take a defensive driving course to reinstate your license after a suspension. But perhaps most often, Georgia drivers complete defensive driving to remove seven points from their driving record every five years, which can prevent a license suspension if you've accumulated too many points.
Before you enroll in a driver improvement course in Georgia, you should verify with the court and/or the Department of Driver Services that taking the course will satisfy your court order or requirements for reinstatement or points reduction. If you enroll before confirming that you are eligible, you may not receive benefits for completing the course.

Georgia License Reinstatement and Points Reduction with Defensive Driving

Georgina driver improvement courses can be taken for points reduction, driver's license reinstatement, or by court order. To enroll in a driver improvement course, you should contact the court, or the Department of Driver Services to request permission to take part in the program. Once you're approved, you'll need to choose a traffic school that is accepted by the state, complete your course, and send your certificate of completion to the court or Department of Driver Services.
When taking your course, be sure to arrive on time and participate. All schools have strict attendance policies, and you will be expected to arrive on time or be denied entry. If you are absent or leave early, you may be required to start the course again. Students who lose their certificate of completion should contact the traffic school for a replacement. If you do not complete the course, or your fail to turn in the certificate of completion, you will not be granted your license reinstatement or points reduction, and may be in violation of your court order.

Defensive Driving Courses Available in Georgia

Georgia's defensive driving courses offer life saving lessons in Georgia traffic laws, driving skills, and defensive driving. Each course is six hours long and may be offered in multiple sessions. The course is designed to make you a safer more responsible driver with curriculum typically including:
  • safe driving attitudes
  • smart driving behaviors
  • Georgia traffic laws and regulations
  • impaired driving including alcohol or drugs
  • defensive driving techniques
  • collision avoidance


Defensive Driving for Car Insurance Discounts in Georgia

Defensive driving is often used for points reduction in Georgia, but many drivers who have no points on their record may be interested in completing a defensive driving course for personal knowledge as well as an insurance discount. Many insurance companies offer a safe driver discount to drivers who have completed a voluntary defensive driving course. Most discounts are available to mature or teenage drivers, but all drivers may be eligible.

Georgia Defensive Driving Insurance Discounts

Most insurance companies in Georgia offer safe drivers a discount on insurance premiums for up to 10% off for three years. After three years, you may renew to continue your discount.

Georgia Defensive Driving Insurance Discount Eligibility

Georgia drivers of all ages can complete a driver improvement course to receive an insurance discount. However, policies may vary depending on your insurance company, and some companies only offer discounts to elderly drivers or new teenage drivers, so it's important to verify your eligibility before enrolling in a course to receive an insurance discount. Most discounts only last for three years, after which drivers can enroll in and complete a new course to continue the safe driving discount. Contact your insurance company to find out about your eligibility and the amount of your discount available.

Insurance Defensive Driving Courses Available in Georgia

Georgia's insurance discount defensive driving courses are the same courses offered to drivers for points reduction. That means you'll be enrolled in the same six hour course as those with traffic citations and learn the same important safety information. Your course curriculum is likely to include instruction in:
  • defensive driving techniques
  • Georgia traffic laws and violations
  • safe driving behaviors
  • driver attitude
  • the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs


Which generation is the better driver?

When I taught behind the wheel, I would remind students that the future of our society rested upon their shoulders. I am sure that there was...