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Distracted While Driving Awareness

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and although it is May, drivers need to become aware of what can happen when they’re distracted while driving. As of 2022, in Georgia alone, nearly 500 people were killed in car crashes. That is almost 100 more than in 2021. The number of deadly crashes in Georgia has doubled over the last nine years, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. According to statistics, around one in three drivers are distracted by their phones. That is one too many. More than 3,000 teens die each year in crashes that involve texting. Why risk it? Put your phone down while driving. It is simply not worth what can happen to be distracted while driving.
In the Driver’s Education course, you will learn proper phone etiquette and ways to reduce distracted driving. The more lessons you take, the more aware you will be of what can happen on the road due to distractions.

Life360 for Teen Driving Safety

Life360 is a family-friendly app that shows every family member’s location. it also has other features like Crash Detection with Emergency Dispatch, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, and the ability to see how fast your family member is driving. This is an app that encourages teens to obey the speed limit and rules and regulations on the road. This app monitors your child’s driving and safety and shows the speed of the car they are driving in, the route they take, and the time when your child is driving.

Life 360 has so many benefits that could help your child in many ways. The free plan offers the ability to see two days of location history, the family driving summary, crash detection, and SOS Help alerts. If you upgrade to gold which is $14.99 a month your family members will have access to emergency dispatch if they get in a crash, roadside assistance, individual driving reports, and so much more. Besides driving safety, Life360 has so many great add-ons to make sure your children are safe.

Expired License Plate Leads to DWI

Chad Bailey, Missouri’s third-leading tackler and team captain last season, is suspended after a DWI arrest. Bailey, on May 19th, at 2:45, was booked and released after posting a $500 bond. He got pulled over near 1 am close to the Columbia campus for an expired license plate and a lane violation. He then told the officer he consumed alcohol and then performed poorly on the field sobriety test. Due to the Missouri student-athlete handbook, any athlete who commits a crime must serve a minimum one-week suspension, so we should expect to see Bailey out for one week or longer. When driving, keep your license plates up to date because you can get pulled over and get a ticket.
Unfortunately, in this situation, he was drinking so it turned into a DWI. No one should be driving while drinking or intoxicated. This can lead to very dangerous situation and having to take DUI School / Risk Reduction Program.

Digital Drivers Licenses for Georgians

If we have our bank accounts, car insurance, and credit cards, why not have our driver’s licenses digitally too? Thanks to the Georgia Department of Driver Services Georgians will begin to have the option to turn in Georgia-issued driver’s licenses and ID digitally if they are valid. The DDS is enabling an easy, faster way for Georgians to present their driver’s license or ID, without needing to have their physical card with them. Right now, Georgia digital driver’s license or ID in Apple Wallet is accepted at select TSA checkpoints at certain airports.Georgia launches digital driver's licenses for travelers

If you are going to get your drivers license soon or are scheduled to take your road test you will have the option for a digital license. You will still have the option for a hard copy as well. If you need driving lessons to prepare to for a road test to get your license, or you need a road test to get your license, you can take them both at A1 Driving Schools.

Coming Soon to A1 Decatur!

A-1 Driving Schools Decatur will soon have the option to offer on-site road tests for ages 16 and up. Taking your road test with A-1 Driving Schools you avoid going to the DDS, you will take your test in the A-1 car with our certified driving instructors, and if you pass your test you will receive the certificate of completion that will allow you to get your drivers license.

We’re thrilled to announce that soon you’ll also be able to take your road test at A-1 Driving Schools Decatur. If you’re not near Decatur, don’t worry! You can take your road test at A-1 Driving Schools has 18 other locations.  To take the on-site road tests with A-1 Driving School, you have to meet the road testing requirements.

A-1 Road Testing Qualifications & Requirements*

Any student can take their DMV road test at A-1 Driving Schools, however, depending on age, the student must meet the following Georgia qualifications:

Adult Students 18 and Over

  • Students 18 and over do not have to have taken classes with us.
  • Must have a valid Georgia Driver’s permit
  • $150 for students 18 and over

Students Under 18

  • Must have completed the classroom or online 30-hour Joshua’s Law course + 6 hours of driving lessons at A-1 Driving Schools*
  • You must take have taken Joshua’s Law course, and the driving lessons, with A-1 Driving Schools in order to take the road test with A-1. We cannot accept testing students who have taken the courses and lessons at another school.
  • Must have a valid Georgia Driver’s permit for at least 1 year and 1 day
  • Students can retake the road test should they fail the first time.
  • $95 for students under 18 years old
  • Free re-test if you fail the first time.


Another DUI for a UGA Football Player

De’Nylon Morrissette UGA sophomore who played 11 games last season as a reserve, was the 4th member of the Georgia Football team that was arrested since their national championship win on 1/9. Morrissette has gotten charged with driving under the influence of drugs on 5/8 at 3:30 am. Jail records show he was booked at 10:10 am and released at 11:55 am on bonds that totaled $1,721.

Hopefully, De’Nylon Morrissettte will never have to deal with a DUI again. If you are ever in a situation while you get a DUI and need help with DUI school, A-1 is here to help.