Governor’s Message

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My Friends,

Since 2012, the Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program has been one of several important measures passed by the General Assembly to address the tragic problems on our roads and highways caused by the use of alcohol and other drugs. Anyone under the age of 18 must complete and pass the alcohol and drug course before obtaining a license to drive. The Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act provides a tough, zero-tolerance standard for alcohol use by young drivers.

The Department of Driver Services and the Department of Education created this manual to make you more aware of the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence. The numbers are staggering. Each year, about one-third of the traffic deaths in Georgia involve a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of both. It is our hope that this manual will assist you in becoming more responsible on the road and increase your awareness of the risks of careless driving.

As a parent, please remember that you are a role model. Your new driver learns a lot by example, so please practice safe driving at all times. I also hope that you will take advantage of this valuable program. If we all help reinforce this important safety message throughout the community, countless injuries will be prevented and lives saved.


Gov. Nathan Deal