Trooper David Jones
Kentucky State Police
Post 6, Dry Ridge
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KSP and Pendleton County High Join Forces To Keep Teens 'Alive At 25'
Date of News Release: 09/30/2009
(Dry Ridge, Ky.) -- Pendleton County High School (PCHS) hosted the 'Alive at 25' teen driving program on September 26, 2009. 'Alive at 25' is a four-hour driver's awareness program, which is different from driver's education. The course is not a behind the wheel driving course. 'Alive at 25' is designed to teach young drivers to be aware of many of the typical driving hazards they may encounter.
Certified DDC (Defensive Driving Course) Instructors Trooper Rick Saint-Blancard and Lori Hunsaker taught the class to 42 students at PCHS.
Saint-Blancard who is stationed at the Dry Ridge Post says that traffic crashes are the leading cause of teen deaths in the U.S.
"Traffic crashes account for 44 percent of teen deaths in the U.S.," said Saint-Blancard. "In Kentucky, there were 22,990 teen crashes with 87 of those resulting in a fatal injury during 2008."
In Pendleton County, there were 83 crashes involving teens that resulted in 22 injuries and 1 death.
Research shows the leading cause of young driver crashes involve one or a combination of the following factors:
- Lack of awareness to the consequences of risk-taking behavior
- Inexperience with complexities of driving
- Peers in vehicle with the youthful driver
- Driving as a social activity
- Impaired driving to due road conditions, including driving at night
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
A young driver or passenger can greatly reduce their risk by taking control of the situation. Committing to learn and change their driving behavior makes personal, legal and financial sense. More importantly, it can save their life or the life of someone they care about.
For more information about the 'Alive at 25' program, contact Lori Hunsaker, Kentucky State Police, at 502-695-6300.