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KSP conducting Drive To Stay Alive Program

Date of News Release: 09/08/2011

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- On September 7, 2011, there were 33 students from 30 different high schools across Kentucky that reported to Frankfort, for the 2011 Drive to Stay Alive Program conducted by the Kentucky State Police. The Drive to Stay Alive Program is a four-day defensive driving academy for teens. This program combines classroom studies and road course tests in an effort to reduce teen crash fatalities in Kentucky. When the Drive to Stay Alive Program is complete the students will be able to go back to their local high schools and convey a safe driving message. This is accomplished using positive peer pressure to their fellow students.

There were four students selected from the Kentucky State Police Richmond Post area. William Walker from Madison Southern High School in Berea, David Tanksley from East Jessamine High School in Nicholasville, Sydney Teal from Mercer County High School in Harrodsburg, and Tony Godbey from Lincoln County High School in Stanford.

The students, who are staying at the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort, will participate in different driving scenarios and situations throughout the training. The driving portion of the program will be conducted in Richmond at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

A media day is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2011, from 12:00 PM till 2 PM EDT at the McKinney Skills Driving Complex in Richmond. Representatives of the media are welcome to drive the course, interview students and Kentucky State Police staff.

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