Fees set for new driving school

Published 9:31 pm Monday, March 12, 2012

The Clanton City Council set fees for the new drivers’ school during its Monday meeting.

The classes will start next month and allow drivers cited for minor violations to apply for the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course. People ticketed in Clanton who successfully complete the program will have the ticket dropped, which will help drivers with their insurance and Alabama Department of Motor Vehicle record.

The total fees for the 4-hour defensive driving course will be $100, which is the same amount for the Alive at 25 Driving Education program for young drivers. An 8-hour course for more serious offenses will be $150.

A program through MADD for adolescent drivers ticketed for offenses like minor in possession and violation of the state’s open container law will be $75.

For more information about the program, call CPD’s Office of Probation Services at (205) 755-1194.

In other business, the council approved several part-time police officers. Police Chief Brian Stilwell said the department’s part-time help is needed for park security this time of year as well as to help cover sick days and vacations. He said several part-time employees have been brought on full-time in past months.

The council hired Jamie Johnson, Mark Johnson, Lee Faulkner, Steve Tate, Shane Aldridge, Ashley Gargus and Jason Ousley as part-time officers.

The council also voted to match an $8,000 state grant to help fund the “Gateway to Adventure” project at Clanton City Park. The total project will cost $38,700, of which the city of Clanton has committed $10,000.