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Twenty-three Teens Graduate From Second KSP "Drive To Stay Alive" Program

Date of News Release: 9/24/2004

Maj. Sonny Cease congratulated (FRANKFORT, KY.) - Twenty-three high school students from across the commonwealth graduated from the Kentucky State Police "Drive To Stay Alive" program in Frankfort today. After five days of intensive classroom and hands-on instruction, they are now more accomplished drivers ready to accept a noble mission: spreading the safe driving message to their fellow students and communities.

"Unfortunately, the statistics for motor vehicle accidents are stacked against teenagers. The "Drive To Stay Alive" program offered by the Kentucky State Police and the generous folks at the Kentucky Speedway is a great opportunity for young motorists to understand the fundamentals of operating an automobile safely," said Lt. Gov. Steve Pence. "As parents and motorists, it is important to remind our young drivers that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege and not a right."

"I commend these students for completing this program," said KSP Commissioner Mark Miller.

"It was not a simple task. Much of the training was the same as that received by our cadets at the KSP Academy. The curriculum included vehicle dynamics and skid control, safety belts and airbags, impaired driving, off-road recovery, evasive maneuver, controlled braking, multiple turns and lane interchange."

Their graduation is not an end, but rather a beginning," he added. "They now have a unique opportunity to directly affect the lives of others in a positive manner. Their efforts can save lives. This is a special responsibility and I know they will not take it lightly."

After returning to their schools, each student will be teamed with an experienced Kentucky State Police trooper in their local community. Together, they will execute a communications program, designed by the student, to influence the driving habits of teenagers in their area. Their efforts will be monitored by the KSP Governor's Highway Safety Program for effectiveness. The student and school achieving the best results will be eligible for special rewards.

In last year's "Drive To Stay Alive" program, Casie Webster, a student at Trimble Co. High School, posted top honors and received a $500 scholarship from the Kentucky State Police Professional Association. Her school received a $2,500 check from the Kentucky Automobile Dealer's Association.

The students who graduated from the "Drive To Stay Alive" program today include:

  1. Shawn Dennis--Bath Co. High
  2. John Paul Stamper--Breathitt Co. High
  3. Justin Lindsey--Caverna High
  4. William Scott Coleman--Calloway Co. High
  5. Holly Gilbert--Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg>
  6. Scott Myers--Christian Co. High
  7. Tommy Hensley--Clinton Co. High
  8. Sara Lisbeth Burdine--Gallatin Co. High
  9. Tiffani Collins--Harrison Co. High
  10. Brittany Barnes--Harrison Co. High
  11. Shawn Perry--Johnson Central High
  12. Kyle Hamm--Madison Southern High
  13. Angela Coffey--McCreary Central High
  14. Ashleigh Sidles--Nicholas Co. High
  15. Ashtine Howard--Nicholas Co. High
  16. Paula Renee Creech-- Owen Co. High
  17. Jordan Phillips--Providence High
  18. Ryan Biggerstaff--Pulaski Co. High
  19. Joshua Steven Pence--Somerset High
  20. Elisabeth Martin--Shelby Co. High
  21. Jessy Williams--Trimble Co. High
  22. Tyler Webster--Walton-Verona High
  23. Charles E. Jones, IV--Williamstown High

"This program is the only one of its kind in Kentucky and it is setting the pace for others across the country," said Miller. "Its real value is based on the concept that a message conveyed by a student carries a more personal tone with other students and is therefore more effective. Once it spreads throughout the school system, this program has the potential to pay big dividends in reduced teen crashes and more lives saved."

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