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KSP Highway Safety Branch News Release

KSP Partners with NASCAR driver Cale Gale and RoadLoans.com for Teen Safe Driving Rally

Date of News Release: 05/07/08

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(WARSAW, Ky.) - Kentucky State Police partnered with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Cale Gale and RoadLoans, a leader in online automotive financing to provide a Teen Safe Driving Rally at Gallatin County High School on May 7, 2008. Cale Gale, driver of the No. 33 RoadLoans Chevrolet, was the keynote speaker at the event.

Gale, a rookie driver, shared the parallels of his inexperience and need for awareness and safety on the closed circuit race track versus the inexperience of teen drivers on the open road. Parents were also invited to share in the Teen Safe Driving Rally to understand their responsibility in educating their student drivers. At the end of the rally, each student was provided a safe driving pledge that they could sign with their parents recognizing the importance of safe driving.

"It's hard to believe that the leading cause of death among teenagers is not a disease, but a car," said Gale. "Through the support of RoadLoans and the Kevin Harvick Inc. team, we are able to bring a program like the Teen Safe Driving rallies to various areas with a high potential for teen fatalities due to reckless or careless driving."

KSP Troopers, Gale and student volunteers utilized Fatal Vision® goggles during the program to show students how alcohol impairment affects their driving skills. The goggles simulate impairment levels of blood alcohol content of .08 and .15. Troopers had Gale and students perform simple tasks like dribbling a basketball back and forth to show how alcohol can impact mobility skills.

Captain Tim Lucas, Commander for KSP Highway Safety Branch shared the stage with Gale challenging students to 'drive like their life and the lives of others depended on it'.

"These students have a unique opportunity to make a real difference," said Lucas. "They can help influence on-the-road driving behaviors and save lives on Kentucky's highways. It's a very worthwhile goal that will require dedication and effort on their part, but it's worth it if they save even one life. It could be their own, their best friend, a neighbor or a family member."

In 2007, there were 3,191 collisions, 836 injuries and 10 fatalities involving teen drivers in northern Kentucky counties. One out of four motor vehicle collisions involve a teen driver, according to the American Automotive Association.

Gallatin High School principal, Roxann Booth served as Emcee for the event and was encouraged by the message that both Gale and KSP provided.

"It is imperative that our students are educated in safe driving. They need to be instructed by using real life examples and getting safety information from experts like Cale Gale and the Kentucky State Police," said Booth.

RoadLoans and Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI) are partnering with several state police agencies, highway patrol departments and school districts to carry out the Teen Safe Driving awareness rallies in an effort to reduce deaths among teens and increase education about safe driving.

"Teaching kids at an early age about the dangers of driving will help minimize accidents in the future," said Chris Goodman, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of RoadLoans. "We all have teenagers in our lives who we care about, and are continually looking for ways to get such important messages across. We hope that hearing from a rookie racecar driver like Cale Gale will give teens some insight into the racing world and help them take to heart the message that, whether it's the open road or a closed circuit race track, driving always requires attention and safety."

About Kevin Harvick Inc.

Kevin Harvick Inc. (KHI), established in 2001, is a 70,000 sq. ft. facility located in Kernersville, N.C. KHI houses two full time Truck Series teams: the No. 33 Camping World/Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Chevrolet Silverado driven by three-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday as well as the No. 2 American Commercial Lines/RVs.com Chevrolet Silverado driven by three-time Truck Series champion Jack Sprague. KHI is also home to the No. 33 Camping World/RoadLoans.com/Rheem Chevrolet driven by two-time Nationwide Series champion Kevin Harvick, Ron Hornaday and Cale Gale and the No. 77 Rheem/VFW Chevrolet competing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. 2008 marks KHI's fifth year of full-time competition in NASCAR's elite divisions. Please visit www.kevinharvickinc.com for more information.

About RoadLoans:

RoadLoans, based in North Richland Hills, Texas, is a leading direct-to-consumer auto finance company that simplifies the financing of a new or used vehicle through its online application process. RoadLoans specializes in new and used vehicle loans, consumer-to-consumer purchases and opportunities to refinance existing loans for customers with all types of credit, and is especially proud of its history of helping people with less than perfect credit. Since June of 2000, RoadLoans has carried out its mission to educate and empower people through the auto buying process and has helped tens of thousands of consumers purchase or refinance the car, truck or SUV of their dreams. The company's focus on customer service earned it the Lending Tree Customer Service

Excellence Award every year the award was presented since 2002. For more information, visit http://www.RoadLoans.com or call (888) 276-7202.

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