Fayette Co. program aims to better prepare teenage drivers

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - "We recreate actual situations that are going to happen in a car," says Billy Fryer, Director of Training.

For three years now, the Fayette County Attorney Driver Education program has taught hundreds of teenagers how to handle difficult situations while on the road. Students learn zone control driving, accident avoidance and extra tips about how to stay safe.

"Make sure your going under the speed limit, keep a good distance, about four seconds maybe a little longer, and just be aware of your surroundings," explains Lauren Stigers, a student enrolled in the training program.

The highlight of the program is driving the skid monster. It's a vehicle designed to go into a full skid at any time. It teaches teens what causes a vehicle to skid in the first place.

"Speeding, steering and breaking," says Randy Fosson, an instructor. "Basically all three things do the same thing, they make you come out of control."

Teaching teens these valuable tools is more important now, than ever. In light of a recent report that ranked Kentucky one of the worst states for teen driving deaths, instructors say education is what's lacking.

"I'm positive there's other states that have better education," says Fryer. "It comes in the form of requirements and the only way they can meet those requirements is to be educated on how to meet them."

Although the report shows the number of teen deaths in the state decreased from 2012 to 2013, it's the knowledge from classes like this that can keep those numbers dropping.

Teens between 16 and 20 can sign up for the program in the spring and summer. The cost is $200. For more information on how to register, click the link in this article.

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