Combined Accident Reduction Efforts (CARE)

General Information and Scheduling:
Dep. Shelly Kimball

Lt. Joe Pounds
Cell 404-783-2385

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 with 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 Sheriff’s Office Training Staff. Parents will receive a handbook and instruction on proper safe driving techniques, a 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 Training again. You will just need to provide the former teen driver’s name and we will add your new teen driver to the roster. You will be notified 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 DCSO staff. Parents should contact Mary Jo Clower at and she will send you the application and informational memo. Applications are accepted in person at the Douglas County Courthouse Office of Risk & Safety, located at 8700 Hospital Drive. Applications can be turned in Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE MUST BE PROVIDED TO THE 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 LEARNERS 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.


You may download a PDF file of the application with complete details. The application may be returned by emailing, mailing to our office or faxing it to (770) 920-3912. When faxing the application do not include a cover sheet. Please remember to print clearly.

Download the CARE Application