Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 01:21:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 03:47:08 EST
A group of teens who hope to soon be driving a car got tips from experts this weekend on the best way to stay safe behind the wheel.
Those who registered in time went through a course in driving safety and car maintenance at the Georgia Public Safety Center in Forsyth.
"It was very interesting," said Liddy Strickland, 16, one of the students. "I was very nervous but I ended up learning how to control a skid car, which is fabulous."
She was one of 100 students participating in the sixth annual Monroe County Safe Driving Camp for Teens.
The one-day camp taught new and potential drivers between 15 and 17 not only about skidding. Using a simulator in a golf cart, they experienced the dangers of driving while under the influence.
"We're going to be the ones dealing with these kids if something happens so it's just right that we be the ones teaching them the right way to do it," said Allison Selman-Willis of the Monroe County Sheriff'c office.
Selman-Willis said some of the biggest problems law enforcement finds with new drivers are speeding and distracted driving. She hoped the course will enlighten a few.
"I feel if we can save one child from getting into an accident whether it's caused by drinking and driving or distracted driving, texting while driving, or speeding, than we've done our job," she said.