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City of Alexandria, VA City of Alexandria, VA

Young Driver Improvement Program

Call 804-355-5233 TO REGISTER FOR SEMINAR

(When you call, inform the registrar that you are from the Alexandria Juvenile Court.  You should call as soon as possible because classes tend to fill rapidly.)

JUVENILE COURT YOUNG DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

TO PARENTS AND TEENAGE DRIVERS:

The Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court provides you the opportunity to participate in a driver improvement program especially designed for teenage drivers. The Court recognizes that a teenager's traffic citation is often an indication of problem areas which require special attention if a young driver is to grow into a safe adult driver. THE YOUTH/PARENT PERCEPTIVE DRIVING SEMINAR* is designed to aid parents in providing attention to youthful driving habits and to  afford the teenager the opportunity to improve and advance his/her driving techniques.

ONE PARENT MUST ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE SEMINAR WITH THE YOUTH ONE

This Seminar consists of three sessions of three hours each (total of nine classroom hours) and six hours of out-of-class written and driving assignments which the youth and parent complete together at home.  THE CLASSROOM PORTION IS OFFERED on Saturdays.  The SATURDAY CLASSES CONSIST OF TWO SATURDAYS:  ONE SATURDAY OF SIX HOURS AND ONE SATURDAY OF THREE HOURS.  Session I is from 9:00 AM until 12:00 NOON and Session II is from 12:30 PM until 3:30 PM (YOU MAY WANT TO BRING A "BROWN BAG" LUNCH FOR THE LUNCH BREAK).  Session III takes place one to two weeks later, from 9:00 AM until 12:00 NOON (There may be times when the schedule will necessitate a different ending time for the Session III.  Always verify the time of the ending session with the instructor.)  (NOTE: No participant will be admitted to the seminar who is more than fifteen minutes late).

SEMINAR LOCATION:  THE SEMINAR IS HELD IN the Multi-Purpose Room of the Nannie Lee Recreatioon Center, 1108 Jefferson Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314.  The Seminar dates to which you are assigned are:

Session I:  May 16, 2009     9:00 AM until 12 Noon

Session II:  May 16, 2009     12:30 PM until 3:30 PM

Session III:  May 30, 2009     9:00 AM until 12 NOON

Additional information may be gained by emailing:  traffic1@comcast.net or calling 804-355-5233  (Do not call the court regarding scheduling ussies).

*Approved by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and participants eighteen years of age or older at the time of their citation may receive safe driving points. See below for fee and point information.

JUVENILE COURT AND DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Prompt attendance and participation at all sessions by both the youth and one parent (NO PARTICIPANT WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE SEMINAR WHO IS MORE THAN FIFTEEN MINUTES LATE).
  2. Proper dress suitable for a courtroom setting (No short-shorts, tank tops, wearing of hats, etc.).
  3. Payment of all required fees.
  4. Parent and youth participation in the written and commentary driving exercises at home and the completion of a "DRIVING DIARY".  The "diary" will be explained by instructor.
  5. A passing score of at least 70% on a final examination which covers both the in-class and out-of-class materials (Youth and Parent take the final exam together in class).
  6. Completion of the Court Notification and Evaluation Form, which will be given out in class, for review by the court.

When items I through VI are satisfactorily completed, the course requirements will have been met and the Court and the Department of Motor Vehicles will be notified. Should a session be missed or other requirement not completed, the Court will be notified and action will be taken as the Judge deems necessary.

YOU WILL NEED YOUR DRIVER LICENSE NUMBER, PAPER, PENCIL AND PERHAPS A "CLIPBOARD" FOR TAKING NOTES.  ALSO, YOU MAY WANT TO BRING A SMALL CUSHION SHOULD YOU FIND THE SEATS HARD (IF YOU ARE ATTENDING A SATURDAY CLASS, YOU MAY WANT TO BRING A "BROWN BAG" LUNCH FOR THE LUNCH BREAK).

SEMINAR FEES

Please note which fees will apply for you and inform the registrar at the first class.

*As a result of the action by the1995, 1998 and 2002 Virginia General Assembly, as of January 1, 2003 the seminar fees are as follows:  (Please note the amount required of you and pay registrar at first Seminar session).

FAMILY REGISTRATION FEE  $65.00

*DMV PROCESSING FEE:  (FOR THE STUDENT)  $10.00

TOTAL FEE:  (Due at first seminar session.)  $75.00

**Parent DMV processing fee:  (Optional)  $15.00

TOTAL FEE if Parent receives DMV credit for class:  $90.00

*The Virginia Code 46.2-502 requires a DMV processing fee from each person attending a driver improvement clinic (The parent fee applies only if she or he would like to have credit for participation in the seminar).  Virginia Code 46.2-334.01 provides that no person less than eighteen years of age who received their driver license after July 1, 1998 is allowed safe driving points for completing a driver improvement course.  As of July 2002 any teenager VOLUNTARILY attending, prior to receiving a citation, may receive five safe driving points.

**If the parent requests safe driving points or would like notation on their driving record forinsurance*** purposses, they will also pay the Processing Fee.  Driver's eighteen years of age or older receive ONE (1) Safe Driving Point for each year of driving during which no violation ocurs.  A driver may only accumulate a total of five safe driving points.

insurance*** purposes, they will also pay a $10.00 DMV Processing Fee. A Driver eighteen years of age or older receives ONE (1) Safe Driving Point for each year of driving during which no violation occurs. A driver can only accumulate a total of five safe driving points year.

***Parents should check with their insurance company to determine if a premium reduction for adults is granted when the adult completes a driver improvement course.  The law relating to this reduction is Virginia Code 38.2-2217.

PARENTS:  DETERMINE, PRIOR TO THE FIRST SEMINAR SESSION, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE SAFE DRIVING POINTS OR INSURANCE CREDIT AS A RESULT OF YOUR SEMINAR PARTICIPATION. YOU MAY REVIEW YOUR DRIVING RECORD AT THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND YOU SHOULD INQUIRE OF YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY TO DETERMINE IF PREMIUM REDUCTION IS GIVEN TO A POLICY HOLDER WHO TAKES A DRIVER REFRESHER COURSE.

520 King St., 1st Floor
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4141
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Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.