Safe teen driving program goes statewide

Frankfort, Ky. (WYMT)- Kentucky State Police hope to continue a downward trend in teen driving deaths.

"It's a four-hour program targeted to kids between the ages of 16 and 19 and made some great progress since 2004," said Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard of the Kentucky State Police.

It includes features like videos to show teens the dangers that can come with unsafe or distracted driving.

The program's instructors include 17 employees of the Kentucky State Police and it is available either in high schools or as a stand-alone class.

Saint-Blancard emphasizes that training like this encourages people to think beyond the instant in which they might be driving.

"Once something happens, you cannot turn back time," he said. "The only thing that we have, and the only controllable aspect that we have is what we can do at the present time."

One teen driver said the program has helped him.

"Every time I get behind the wheel, it changed how I felt about driving, and it really made me aware of all the dangers," said Zach Schrader.

Schrader also said teens often do not realize the inexperience they have, and the dangerous distraction that cell phones can create.

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