MACON, Ga. —

Next month, the Bibb County Sheriff's Office will be hosting three defensive driving classes for teens.

Statistics of reckless driving among young drivers typically increase during the summer months, according to the Outreach Section of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. That’s why they're working to change that trend by making teens more aware of their surroundings and the roads a little safer.

During the month of July, BSO is hosting three defensive driving sessions for teens ages 16-20. 

Students will learn the rules of the road and general vehicle maintenance for two days in the classroom, then they will be able to test what they’ve learned by using a driving simulator on the last day of the session.

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The driving simulator allows students to experience driving in city and rural areas and in different weather conditions.

"The main reason we do this every year is that we do our part as the Sheriff's Office to make sure young people are well-equipped when driving and have the knowledge," said Lt. Tim James.

The three-day course is free for all attendees. State Farm insurance donated a grant to cover all costs of the course for up to 100 students. 

To register, you must have a valid Georgia driver's license and sign up by July 3. 

James said most insurance companies offer discounts for taking classes like this.

Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: July 8-10, July 15-17, and July 22-24.

If you have questions about registration or the program, you can call the BSO Outreach Section at 478-803-2710.