Trooper Jeffrey Gregory
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Drive To Stay Alive program
Date of News Release: 09/06/2011
(Elizabethtown, Ky.) -- '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 combined with 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.
KSP Troopers oversee the 'Drive To Stay Alive' academy and attribute the program's 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," says Chaffins.
"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 in their local communities," adds Chaffins.