Las Vegas driving school offers free crash course for young drivers
As school ends and summer begins, more teens will get behind the wheel. And with traffic deaths at near record rates in the Valley, one driving school is keeping young drivers safe.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- As school ends and summer begins, more teens will get behind the wheel. And with traffic deaths at near record rates in the Valley, one driving school is keeping young drivers safe.
About 100 teens and new drivers hit the road at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, to learn how to be defensive and safe while driving.
The Driver's Edge classes, which are free, teach emergency and safety techniques to students under 21 years of age.
Jeff Payne is the driving force behind the program, "Everyday in this country there is 16 to 20-year-olds in auto collisions. It's an epidemic and it doesn't need to be that way."
Students learn skid control, proper lane changes, effects of impaired driving and how to brake but not panic.
Students told Action News informed drivers make for better drivers. "You have a whole bunch of things to stay aware of and it's really easy to get distracted on the road," said Matthew Morales.
For the parents, the program gives peace of mind. "I see too many kids who don't know what to do when things go wrong and the result of it. I want my kids to have a fighting chance when they get out there," said Jimmy Morales.
Similar programs can run $450, so the 800 spots for this two-weekend event filled up quickly, emphasizing the need for more classes like this.
"We're tired of seeing tragedies in this community and we actually can save lives and make a difference, just by giving these kids an education," expressed Payne.
The Nevada Highway Patrol also works with Driver's Edge by offering mock field sobriety tests and tutorials on what to do when you get pulled over.