Traffic School

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Traffic School Office Traffic School Classroom Facility
408 2nd Avenue North, Suite 1130
P.O. Box 196300
Nashville, Tennessee 37219-6300
Genesco Park
1417 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37217
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Course Descriptions:

FIRST OFFENDER (4-Hour)
A four-hour curriculum covering traffic safety rules and consequences, including laws on seat belts, child restraint, speeding, dui, and most commonly committed traffic offenses.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING (4-Hour)
Certified by the National Safety Council, this course teaches the importance of safety belts and other restraints, dangers of speeding, proper following distance and effects of alcohol and drugs.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING (8-Hour)
A more intensive version of the 4-hour course with emphasis on preventing traffic deaths and injuries.

Alive at 25 (4-Hour)
Designed to reduce risk-taking behavior of young people 15-24 years of age. The course utilizes video tapes and group discussions.

Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving (8-hours)
Designed for drivers with excessive violations and to retrain drivers with poor driving records. Helps problem drivers make a direct connection between their attitude and behavior on the road. Includes expanded information on impaired driving and state laws on license revocation and suspension. A self-assessment and action plan is included.

  • As of July 1, 2011 FOT and DDC4 Class fees will be $85.00
  • All 8 hr. Class fees will be $90.00
  • FOT-(First Time Offender) $85.00
  • DDC4-(Defensive Driving Class 4 Hours) $85.00
  • A25-(Alive at 25 Class) $85.00
  • DDC8-(Defensive Driving Class 8 Hours) $90.00
  • ADD8-(Attitude Dynamics Defensive Class) $90.00

** PLEASE NOTE: If you have had a course previously scheduled and were absent from class you are not eligible for an online class. In addition, if you elect to enroll in a different traffic program after enrolling in the Metro General Sessions Traffic School and miss the deadline for completing your Metro traffic class, the fee is not refundable.


History of General Sessions Court Traffic School

The Judges of the Metropolitan Davidson County General Session Court formally began the Traffic School in 1983. The school began with the State of Tennessee approved two-hour First Offenders Training (FOT) course with approximately 10,000 students per year and has evolved to a nationally recognized National Safety Council traffic school with approximately 40,000 students per year. Course offerings have grown from the original two-hour FOT class to include Alive at 25 (A25), Defensive Driving Courses 4 and 8 (DDC-4 & DDC-8) and the Attitudinal Dynamic of Driving (ADD-8). In August, 2005, the General Sessions Court Traffic School was approved to offer the FOT and DDC-4 classes On-Line through the National Safety Council.

In 1983, the school was offering 40 classes per month and had one part time instructor. Today the Traffic School conducts 100 live classes per month and has 10 part time instructors. In addition, nearly 1,000 people a month enroll in on-line courses, which would take an additional 34 classes a month, if these students attended live classes. The traffic school also offers a Driver’s License Reinstatement (DLR) class for individuals who have been cited for driving on a revoked or suspended driver’s license. The DLR class is a tutorial that reviews the defendants driving history and gives guidance on the steps to attain a valid Tennessee driver’s license.

Today…

The General Sessions Court Traffic School is a state licensed Training Agency of the National Safety Council, The General Sessions Court Traffic School is part of the General Sessions Court’s approach to promoting safer driving habits among the Davidson County motoring public.

The General Sessions Traffic School administrative office is located in the A.A. Birch Justice Building at 408 2nd Av. North, suite 1130. The classes are held at the Metro Southeast, 1417 Murfreesboro Rd, in the former Genesco Park, Johnston Murphy building.

The Safety Center staff provided for Court supervised driver safety classes for first and repeat offenders and impressionable operators under the age of 25. The National Safety Council approved classes were provided to 41,839 in 2004 and 44,184 in 2005. Traffic Safety classes serve as educational alternatives to monetary retribution but are self-sustained and contribute a profit to Metro Government’s General Fund through the collection of enrollment fees. The General Sessions Traffic School’s gross revenue was $1.5 million in 2003 and exceeded $2.39 million in 2005.

The General Sessions Traffic School is recognized by the National Safety Council for its outstanding performance in the administration of defensive driving courses, receiving “Best Performance” awards for training achievement in DDC-8, ADD8 and Alive @ 25 as well as both online courses.