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Teens Check into KSP Academy for Ultimate Driving Skills Training

Date of News Release: 09/07/2011

Photo from L to R: KSP Staff Lori Hunsaker, Trooper Shaun Little help check in Eric Conn from Allen Central High School for the 'Drive To Stay Alive' Academy

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- Thirty-three high school students from thirty schools throughout the state checked into the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today for the 9th 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 2010, there were 21,870 teens driving collisions resulting in 4,378 injuries and 83 deaths.

The 'Drive To Stay Alive' program is designed to reduce these statistics explains Capt. David Jude, Commander of the KSP Public Affairs 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. Students also receive training in how to present this information in their local communities upon their return home.

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 Sept. 10, 2011 from 12:00 2:00 p.m. Members of the media are welcome to drive the course, video course activities and interview students and KSP staff.

Students attending D2SA are from the following counties: Barren, Breathitt, Bullitt, Cumberland, Edmonson, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson, Hart, Henry, Jefferson, Jessamine, Kenton, Knott, Laurel, Lincoln, Logan, Menifee, Mercer, Rockcastle, Shelby, Taylor, and Webster.

For more information about the D2SA Academy, contact Kentucky State Police at (502) 782-1780.

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