Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Teens Check in to KSP Driving Academy
Date of News Release: 09/05/2012
(Frankfort, KY.) – Thirty high school students from twenty-one schools throughout the state checked into the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort today for the 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 2011, there were 21,350 teen driving collisions resulting in 4,152 injuries and 63 deaths in Kentucky.
The "Drive To Stay Alive" program is designed to bring awareness to teen driving behavior explains Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard, Commander of the 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.
Saint-Blancard 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 Saint-Blancard, 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."
Students attending D2SA are from the following counties: Anderson, Barren, Breathitt, Calloway, Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Lyon, Muhlenberg, North Laurel, Oldham, Pulaski, Spencer, Taylor and Woodford.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITY: KSP welcomes media to attend the Drive to Stay Alive program. The following events are scheduled and may be of interest:
Sept. 6, Thursday at 2 p.m.: PHI Air Medical Helicopter landing at KSP Headquarters. PHI staff will speak to teens about life threatening highway crashes.
Sept. 6, Thursday at 3 p.m.: AT&T presents "It Can Wait" campaign with Louisville speaker Wil Craig. Mr. Craig will share his tragic story how texting while driving changed his life. (KSP Headquarters)
Sept. 6, Thursday at 6-7:30 p.m.: Teen EXPO Night. KSP sets up an indoor and outdoor safety fair for teens to go through, including driving simulators, alcohol and drug prevention, and educational information. (KSP Headquarters)
Sept. 7, Friday at 2-4:30 p.m.: McKinney Skills Driving Complex in Richmond. Students drive retired cruisers over various road courses and maneuvers.
Sept. 8, Saturday at 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: McKinney Skills Driving Complex in Richmond. Students drive retired cruisers over various road courses and maneuvers.
Sept. 9, Sunday at 12:30 p.m.: Student graduation at KSP Headquarters.
For more information about the D2SA Academy, contact Kentucky State Police at (502) 782-1780.