This year’s event will feature 2010 Kennesaw Mountain High School graduate and ‘The Voice’ contestant Phillip ‘Pip’ Andrew Arnold
Statistics show that teens whose parents show support and guidance when driving are less likely to crash, drive while intoxicated, use cellphones, drive without seatbelts or speed.
Such support will be on display at the eighth annual SafeTeen Georgia Driving Academy given by the SafeAmerica Foundation on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre.
Teenagers ages 14 and older and their parents throughout metro Atlanta are invited to attend the all-day seminar.
There will be two, two-hour sessions, and each will feature presentations on a range of driving safety-related topics.
This year’s event will feature 2010 Kennesaw Mountain High School graduate and “The Voice” contestant Phillip “Pip” Andrew Arnold.
“Since high school, the number of times I’ve heard about friends or people I know getting severely injured or killed in car accidents has just been so alarming,” Arnold said.
Arnold said he “jumped” at the opportunity to get involved in the driving academy.
“(I was) hoping I could do my part to make people aware and change some of the bad habits that they are costing teens in Cobb County their lives,” he said.
Parents are invited to attend the event, so tickets are sold in pairs.
“The reason for this is that parents are extremely influential in how safe a driver their teen will be,” said foundation spokesman Matthew Thome.
According to data from the 2011 National Young Driver Survey, teenagers whose parents were more involved in their driving habits are half as likely to have had a crash in the last year; 70 percent less likely to drive while intoxicated; 30 percent less likely to use a cellphone while driving; twice as likely to use seatbelts; and half as likely to speed.
“The event has been a tremendous success and over the last 10 years has had over 10,000 teens and parents attend the program,” Thome said.
The first session is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second from 2 to 4 p.m.
General admission for the event costs $20 for a parent and teen pair and $10 for each extra guest and can be purchased online at safeamerica.org/drive2013.