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AAA, JCC partner to start teen drivers off safe

February 27, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

DUNKIRK - Starting this month, AAA Western and Central New York, in conjunction with Jamestown Community College, will offer its five-hour Pre-Licensing Course at JCC's North Campus in Dunkirk. The course is a required pre-requisite for all new drivers to receive their New York State driver's license.

"For many teens, this course will be their first chance to fully comprehend the complexity of driving and the magnitude of obtaining a driver's license," Driver Training Manager for AAA Western and Central New York Mike Formanowicz said. "AAA will teach teens the importance of safe driving habits, behind-the-wheel basics, and the proper techniques they need from the onset in order to transition to becoming licensed drivers."

AAA instructors will guide students through driving fundamentals like the Department of Motor Vehicles point system, the highway transportation system, the laws of physics as they relate to driving and the effects of restraining devices. Students will also learn defensive driving techniques, the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving, as well as what to do in case of a collision and the effects of driver attitude, emotions and skills. Upon course completion, students will receive an MV-278 certificate. This certificate number is required to schedule a road test and the certificate must be presented to the examiner on the day of the test.

The five-hour Pre-Licensing classes will be held on the following dates at Jamestown Community College's North Campus, 10807 Bennett Road in Dunkirk:

Saturday, Feb. 23;

Saturday, March 23;

Saturday, April 20;

Saturday, May 18; and

Saturday, June 15.

All courses are scheduled from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The cost is $35 for AAA members and $40 for non-members. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (800) 836-2582 or visit

As Upstate New York's largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 860,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at or download a mobile app at



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