Getting behind the wheel of a car at a young age can be intimidating.
Young drivers lack the experience of older drivers, and it is helpful for them to learn from others about safety.
One avenue is a class taught by the Kentucky State Police - the Alive at 25 defensive driving course. The classes were recently offered to about 150 students at Warren East High School at no cost to the school through a project by the National Safety Council, Toyota and the state police. Warren East is the first school in Warren County where the course has been taught. The course begins with a pre-test and ends with a post test, on which students must score a 70 to pass.
Instructors in the class use real situations and role-playing scenarios to get their message across about the dangers of irresponsible driving. Last week, an instructor told the teens about a rear-end collision involving two tractor-trailers on Interstate 65 in Hart County. They were shown autopsy photos of other crash victims.
Hearing these stories and seeing these photos should be an eye-opener for these teenagers. It has the real potential to help them to make life-saving decisions for themselves and, in some cases, passengers who will be in the vehicle with them.
Teenagers who took this class say they will pay more attention and it’s more interesting.
All too often, not just in Bowling Green and surrounding areas, we hear about teenagers getting killed or seriously injured behind the wheel. No one wants this to happen, which is why such courses are vital to our youth.
If programs like this get more teenagers to quit texting or talking on the phone while driving and in general just get them focused on the road, we believe that a real difference can be made and lives will be saved.
Will all teenagers follow the rules? Of course not, but if the program gets through to a lot of kids and the state police plans to hold these classes in each county Post 3 operates in, it could make a real difference.
— The Daily News, Bowling Green