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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

KSP Accepting Applications for Teen Driving Academy

Date of News Release: 09/02/09

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(Frankfort, Ky.) -- The Kentucky State Police are accepting applications for their 7th Annual 'Drive To Stay Alive' teen driving academy that is planned for Sept. 13 - 16, 2009 at KSP Headquarters in Frankfort.

"Drive to Stay Alive" is an innovative program targeted directly at teenage drivers. Participants will spend four days learning skills that may save their life including hands-on skills in actual motor vehicle situations and classroom studies. KSP utilizes skilled driving instructors that take teen participants through a variety of obstacles while coaching them the correct way to control a vehicle in different driving scenarios. The training includes topics such as collision causation, vehicle dynamics and skid control, backing, multiple turns and lane interchange, safety belts and air bags, evasive maneuvers, off-road recovery, and controlled braking.

Capt. David Jude oversees the 'Drive To Stay Alive' program and attributes the programs success to the quality of students that participate in the academy.

"The unique aspect about 'Drive to Stay Alive' is that the benefits of the program do not stop once the student completes the course. We have developed a comprehensive curriculum that uses the 'train-the-trainer' type format to spread the safe driving message," said Jude.

"After the student has completed the training, we partner them with an experienced Trooper and they work together to provide educational safe driving presentations to other students and the local community," added Jude.

Jude advised that to be eligible for the program, student candidates must meet the following guidelines:

  • 16 years of age or older
  • Licensed driver
  • Good communication skills/leadership traits
  • Permission from Principle/School Superintendant to participate (all Kentucky public and private schools are welcome)

There is no fee for the program but space is limited. For more information about 'Drive To Stay Alive', please visit our website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/hsp/index.htm or contact the KSP Highway Safety Branch at (502) 695-6306.

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