Classes filling quickly in this summer’s free Teen Distracted Driving Course

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is once again offering its free distracted driving course for teens.

But, spaces in the summer classes are filling quickly.

Organizers urge interested parents and students to fill out the application as soon as possible.

You’ll find the application here. Once it’s completed, the application should be emailed to Sgt. David Moody at dmoody@madisoncountyal.gov.

The one-day classes are scheduled from 8am to 3pm. Lunch is provided.

The current schedule is:

  • Hazel Green High School: June 1, June 13, June 28, July 12
  • Sparkman High School: June 3, June 14, June 30, July 18
  • Buckhorn High School: June 2, June 15, July 1, July 14
  • Madison County High School: June 29, July 15
  • New Hope High School: July 19
  • Bob Jones High School: June 27, July 13
  • Huntsville High: June 16, July 11, July 20
  • Rain date, if needed: July 27

Classes are still being organized for James Clemens High School.

Each class will cover traffic stop etiquette, DUI laws, seatbelt laws, cell phone usage, texting while driving and distracted driving.

The first few hours will be spent in a classroom. The rest will involve a hands-on driving course.

Accompanied by school resource officers, students will make two trips through the course on ATVs. The first trip will involve no distractions. On the second trip, the ride-along deputy will interrupt the teen driver with instructions to retrieve a dropped item, send a text, change songs on an iPod, etc.

To participate in the free program, students should be at least 15 years old and either have an Alabama driver permit or plan to obtain one in the near future.

Upon completion of the class, students will receive certificates which, depending on their insurance carrier, may lead to lower premiums. Parents should check with the teen driver’s carrier for more information.

You can also follow the program on Facebook.