We appreciate your concern for Georgia's' young drivers, and hope you will join us in our efforts to continue the development and expansion of this important Driver Training Resource. LEADER (Lanier Extended Area Drivers Education Resource) is dedicated to facilitating high quality, experienced based driver training to both young drivers and to the law enforcement and emergency services communities.
L.E.A.D.E.R. is an organization founded by volunteers in August 2000. The purpose of our intervention was to reduce the incidence of children being killed on our roads directly related to inadequate driver training. On today’s roads, we lose more children 14 to 24 years of age to automobile accidents than any other cause. This is a major health issue for our young people.
The L.E.A.D.E.R. driving program is located in Cumming, Georgia. The program was initiated by Dr. Michael Hogan, an orthopedic surgeon and developed with a dedicated group of community leaders with guidance and oversight provided by a Board of Directors consisting of a cross section of recognized leaders from both government and industry.
Classes we offer to the community:
- We are partnered with the Forsyth County Board of Education to provide an integrated program of classroom training and interactive simulation training. Additional hours of road experience are offered through registered local driving schools or by parents downloading a program through the Department of Driver Services. A Certificate of Driver Education and high school Carnegie credits can be obtained for those children who successfully complete the program. State Farm Insurance is now offering a 10% discount if a students successfully completes this course through Forsyth County Schools.
- Driver Awareness Classes are offered in our county to young people 14 and 16 years of age prior to receiving their learners driving permit. Our program exposes them to basic good driving practices and teaches the students good driving habits that we anticipate will last for life. It will reduce the tendency to use poor driving habits before learned elsewhere.
Presently we have 24 brand new fully interactive driving simulators and boast the largest simulator lab in the United States. Our program continues to work hard to achieve and improve our goal of reducing children’s deaths on our roads.
Since initiating the school program we have had no known driving deaths from the more than 8000 students who completed the program.
The mission of the LEADER program is to create an environment within the local and surrounding communities where driver safety is a top of mind concern among all licensed drivers, with particular emphasis on youth driver training. The statistics regarding of youth associated driving deaths is staggering.