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C.A.R.E. Teen Driving Program

General Information and Scheduling: Sgt. Donna Morris (770) 920-3924 or

NOTE: Teen Driver must be 15 – 18 years of age and still attending High School.

The C.A.R.E. program is a FREE service to Douglas County Residents. Our program is taught by certified Douglas County Sheriff's Office Deputies and is designed to provide teen drivers not only with the skills required to obtain a drivers license but skills that they need to be safer, more successful drivers. The CARE Program does NOT satisfy the requirements for Joshua's Law. However, the instruction received will be more valuable to drivers in real life driving situations.

PARENT TRAINING (4 hours) Beginning the program is easy! Parent completes an application for a 4-hour block of instruction on Teenage Driver Training. Training is conducted over a two-night period at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Training Facility by the DCSO Training Staff. Parents attending will receive a handbook and instruction on proper safe driving techniques, parent/teenager contract, vehicle inspection checklist and a driving log. PARENTS MUST ATTEND BOTH SESSIONS.

If you have a teen driver that has completed the C.A.R.E. Program you are not required to attend the Parent Classes again, just provide the former teen driver's name and we will add your new teen driver to the roster and notify you as classes become available.

STUDENT TRAINING (Classes are scheduled around the Douglas County School System's Holidays / Breaks)

PHASE 1 (60 hours) Parent/teenager practical driving: Parents are encouraged to have their child participate in a wide variety of weather conditions and driving situations, including night driving. (This is where the driving log is used.)

PHASE 2 (6 hours) National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course: This is the only block of instruction not taught by the DCSO staff. Parent should contact the Douglas County Courthouse Personnel Office, located on the ground floor of the courthouse at 8700 Hospital Drive to schedule this 6-hour classroom training. Applications accepted 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, or you may email Mary Jo Clower at and she will send you the application and informational memo. A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE MUST BE PROVIDED TO DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR STUDENT CREDIT.

PHASE 3 (8 hours) Classroom training for the teenager: A member of the DCSO training staff will lecture on Georgia Traffic Laws, D.U.I. Laws, Accident Avoidance Techniques, and dealing with Road Rage. This training will be broken down into two sessions to be conducted at the DCSO training facility.

PHASE 4 (2 hours) Driver Simulator Training: Teens will be put behind the wheel of a state of the art driving simulator that is capable of over 80 driving scenarios. The student will experience different lighting, weather, and traffic conditions, including off-road recovery. The student will also practice accident avoidance techniques.

PHASE 5 (4 hours) Low-speed Skid Car and Precision Skill: Students will get behind the wheel with a DCSO driving instructor, who will provide hands-on training in Avoiding Skids, Off Road Recovery, Parallel Parking, Precision Skills, Braking, Accelerating, and Accident Avoidance Maneuvers, through driving the Skid Car and a Precision Cone Course. TEEN DRIVERS WILL BE ASKED TO PRODUCE LERNERS or DRIVERS LICENSE BEFORE THIS TRAINING BEGINS and SHOULD BE FAMILIAR AND COMFORTABLE WITH THE GENERAL RULES AND MECHANICS OF DRIVING. At the end of the program the parent will complete an open road driving evaluation on the strengths and weaknesses of their teen's driving skills.

Online Application

Complete online form below and someone will contact you shortly when the next Parent Class is scheduled. The application must be completed by parent/guardian.

If you can't fill out form online below, you can download a PDF file of the application with complete details. The application may be returned by mail or fax to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Training Division. Return only the C.A.R.E. application. When faxing the application do not include a cover sheet. Fax # (770) 920-3912. Please remember to print clearly.

Click here to download C.A.R.E application & complete details (pdf file).

You will be notified when your space for the Parent Training Class is scheduled. If an email address is provided, you will be notified of class dates by email.

Our program is a free teenage defensive driving program, free to residents of Douglas County, as well as surrounding counties. The CARE program is taught by certified Deputies from the sheriff's office, and consists of classroom instruction, as well as 4 hours of actual driving instruction. Students will have 2 hours in our driving simulator and 2 hours in our precision cone course, skid car and learning to parallel park. Our program does not satisfy Joshua's Law however the instruction they receive will be more valuable to them in real life situations they might find while driving. Our program is free to Douglas County residents as well as surrounding county residents.

Please Provide All Information.

NOTE: Teen Driver must be 15 – 18 years of age and still attending High School.

Parent Name  
(First and Last): 
Complete Address: 
Home Phone: 
Other Phone: 
Teen #1 Name: 
Teen #1 Age: 
Teen #1 Date of Birth: 
Teen #1 Gender: 

* Please make a selection. *
Teen #1 High School: 
Does Teen #1 Have Driver's / Learner's Permit: 

* Please make a selection. *

If you have additional Teens to register, please fill out spaces below. If not and you are done entering your information, please move down to the security image & type code, and submit form.

TEEN #2 INFORMATION: (if needed - if not, please skip section)
Teen #2 Name: 
Teen #2 Age: 
Teen #2 Date of Birth: 
Teen #2 Gender: 

* Please make a selection. *

Teen #2 High School: 
Does Teen #2 Have Driver's / Learner's Permit: 

* Please make a selection. *

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