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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:44 am | Updated: 7:02 pm, Mon Aug 13, 2012.

Last week, the Dunwoody Police Department received the Dr. Curtis McClung/Motorola Award of Excellence, presented by the Georgia Association Chiefs of Police.

The award is given annually to recognize an agency's use of an innovative program that promotes the pursuit of law enforcement excellence. The department's award-winning program, Collision Avoidance Training Program for Teen Drivers, has been offered since 2010.

The two-day program is designed to teach young drivers about vehicle dynamics and human kinetics. "They [trained instructors] are making a difference in the lives of these young drivers that will have positive long-term results. Every teen driver should take this class," Chief Billy Grogan said.

A survey given by the National Traffic Safety Academy last year showed positive feedback and the effectiveness of the program. For example, since attending the class 12-18 months ago, less than 5 percent of teens were involved in an automobile crash and of that 5 percent, none were at fault, charged or injured.

For more information about the program, contact Lt. William Hegwood at william.hegwood@dunwoodyga.gov or 678-382-6904.

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