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KSP Host 8th Annual 'Drive To Stay Alive' Academy

Date of News Release: 10/13/2010

(Frankfort, Ky.) (Oct. 13, 2010) -- Twenty-one high school students from 17 schools throughout the state checked into the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today for the 8th Annual 'Drive To Stay Alive' program.

'Drive To Stay Alive' (D2SA) is a four-day defensive driving academy for teens that combine classroom studies and road course tests in an effort to reduce teen deaths on Kentucky roadways.

In 2009, there were 23,680 teens driving collisions resulting in 4,851 injuries and 108 deaths.

The 'Drive To Stay Alive' program is designed to combat these statistics explains Capt. David Jude, Commander of the KSP Highway Safety Branch.

"The training includes hands-on driving maneuvers that take place on a professional driving course covering topics such as skid control, backing skills, multiple turns and lane interchange, evasive maneuvers, off-road recovery, and controlled braking," he notes.

"The students will also get the chance to use a driving simulator during classroom instruction, which allows students to mimic multiple driving situations like seasonal driving (snow/rain) and driving while using a cell phone or texting," says Jude.

Jude advised that classroom instruction includes seat belt safety, vehicle dynamics, crash causation, distracted and aggressive driving, and other safety initiatives.

According to Jude, the real potential of the D2SA program begins after the students return to their schools.

"The students are teamed with an experienced state trooper to spread the safe driving message to the student body in each school and to their community as well," he says. "The effectiveness of the program is based on the concept that a message conveyed by a fellow student carries more weight with other students and is therefore more memorable."

KSP has scheduled a 'Media Day' event at the McKinney Skills Driving Complex in Richmond on Oct. 15, 2010 from 12:00 2:00 p.m. Members of the media are welcome to drive the course, video footage of the course activities and interview students and KSP staff.

Schools participating this year:
Anderson Co. High School
Barbourville High School
Bath Co High School
Bullitt East High School
Bullitt Central High School
Daviess Co. High School
East Jessamine High School
Eminence High School
Franklin Co. High School
Fulton Co. High School
Hopkinsville High School
Knott Co. High School
Knox Central High School
Menifee Co. High School
Mercer Co. High School
Ohio Co. High School
Western Hills High School

For more information about the D2SA Academy, contact Kentucky State Police at (502) 782-1781.

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