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Driving Skills for Life…


The Dunwoody Police Department is committed to protecting the lives and property of Dunwoody residents as well as ensuring our unique and high quality of life. Recognizing that automobile crashes are the leading cause of teenage injuries and deaths, reducing these premature deaths in our community is a priority. To help ensure we reach our goal, we have adopted the Collision Avoidance Training Program for teenage drivers and will plan many of our traffic safety initiatives around this program. This advanced defensive driver training program has been very successful aiding law enforcement agencies in reducing teenage crashes. We have been impressed with the program’s success through partnerships with other law enforcement agencies and we are confident it will be as successful in Dunwoody. This training program truly provides “Driving Skills for Life” and we hope every parent of a teenage driver or soon to be driver will enroll their son or daughter in this life saving program.



The Collision Avoidance Training (C.A.T.) program is an advanced defensive driving and vehicle control program designed for teenage drivers.  The program is open to all teens at least 16 years old with a valid operator’s license.  Parents are encouraged to enroll their teens several months prior to their 16th birthday This program does not fulfill the Joshua Law requirements.

The 12-hour course is taught by trained and certified Dunwoody Police Officers held over a two-day period,  4 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of one-on-one behind-the-wheel training.  Classroom instruction will be held on Friday evenings and behind-the-wheel training will be held on Saturdays.  Registration fee for the two-day course is $125.00 per student. Additional classes can be scheduled for groups.

Students must use their own (or parent/guardian’s) vehicle for behind-the-wheel training. The idea is for the students to learn to handle the vehicle they will typically be driving. Behind-the-wheel training is conducted on a closed course, at speeds of 35 mph and below. Students may use cars, trucks, minivans or SUV’s, but  vehicles with modified suspension, oversized tires or other unsafe components will not be permitted on the driving range.

At the end of the class, students who have successfully completed all driving range skills will receive a Certificate of Completion. Certificates can be presented to most auto insurance companies for discounted insurance premiums, or proudly displayed. All students who successfully complete the course are welcome and encouraged to come out during any future scheduled classes and practice their driving skills at no additional cost.

This program has been created by professionals in the fields of adolescent behavior, accident reconstruction engineering, substance abuse and law enforcement training. The curriculum was developed around the fact that most crashes involving teenage drivers are classified as “avoidable” and are due to a lack of experience or training.

This course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the responsibilities and liabilities of the driver, vehicle dynamics, friction and the effects of intoxicating substances on their ability to operate a vehicle.
Students will work with law enforcement on the following life-saving skills during the behind the wheel section of the course:

  • Evasive maneuvers
  • Threshold/emergency braking
  • Forward and reverse serpentine
  • Cornering and backing

For more information on this program, please contact Lt. William Hegwood at 678-382-6904, william.hegwood@dunwoodyga.gov or to enroll your teen, call 1-800-656-6507.

 2013 Schedule:

March 22-23

April 19-20

May 17-18

June 28-29

August 23-24

September 20-21

November 8-9