Kentucky State Police to offer driving academy for teens

Kentucky State Police are looking for teen drivers who want to take part in an annual driving academy next month.

The ninth annual "Drive To Stay Alive" teen driving academy is planned for September 7-11 at KSP Headquarters in Frankfort.

Drivers taking part in the program will learn hands-on skills in actual motor vehicle situations, combined with classroom studies.

Police say the program will be taught by skilled driving instructors who will take teens through a variety of obstacles, while coaching them the correct way to control a vehicle in different driving scenarios.

According to a news release, 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.

To be eligible for the program, candidates must be at least 16 years old, be a licensed driver, have good communication skills and leadership traits, and permission from their school's principal to participate.

Teens interested in the program can fill out an application on the Kentucky State Police website. A link to that website is attached to this story.

The program is free, but police say space is limited. Applications must be submitted by August 31.

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