Collision avoidance training offered for teens

The Maryville Police Department will offer Collision Avoidance Training, a program especially designed for teen drivers on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6.

The course is split into two days of training with the first class being held at the Maryville Police Department from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5. The Saturday, Feb. 6, class will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Blount County Sheriff’s Training Facility.

Participants must be at least 16 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license and have auto insurance. Class size is limited, and the deadline to register is Friday, Feb. 1. There is a $60 fee which covers the cost of the licensing to use the training program, instructors and materials. Students participating in the class may be able to obtain a discount on their insurance premium upon completion.

Parents or guardians interested in enrolling their teen for the C.A.T. class should call Sgt. Jason Barham at the Maryville Police Department, 865-273-3717. “The Collision Avoidance Class is a pro-active approach to reducing teen crashes and provides adolescents with additional driver’s training and education,” Barham said.

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