Department of Highways, District 8
Day of Safety for Monticello High
SOMERSET, KY (March 30, 2006)--The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 8 office hosted an entire day of safety for Monticello High School. District 8 and Frankfort personnel partnered with local Fire/EMS, Wayne County Sheriff Department, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, and KY Transportation Cabinet/Drive Smart.
Four stations were set around the campus and students were rotated to each station in groups of 30-35 for 45 minutes at each station. There were several unique exhibits for students, faculty, and fellow exhibitors to share and learn from one another: seminars, power point and video on seatbelt usage, real life stories and presentations of how seat belts have saved lives, first responders and the graphic realities they endure daily as the result of speed, impairment, inattention, or simply not being experienced drivers.
There was hands on driving experiences in a golf cart with fatal vision goggles, that show impairment. Impairment is not limited to alcohol, although it is the drug of choice for our youth, because of the accessability. Impairment can be from drugs, illegal or legal prescriptions, over the counter medicines, or simply fatigue. Those students holding a permit or license, and a waiver signed by their parent or guardian, could drive a golf cart with a KVE officer or member of the local sheriff department to show what driving impaired was like as well as taking a sobriety test after the fact.
State officials provided information to the students about the new graduated licensing law which is soon to be in effect here in Kentucky, and what they could expect from the new law.
Drive Smart personnel demonstrated the rollover simulator and the effects of a rollover crash being belted and not being belted.
The Department of Transportation District 8 along with Cabinet and Drive Smart personnel are always eager to offer these programs. “It is so encouraging to see how dedicated Principal Chaplin and his faculty and staff are about ensuring the well being and safety of their students,” said Stephanie Daffron, Information Officer in District Eight. “The safety of our future motorists is our main priority at the Transportation Cabinet and hopefully we will convince our youth to make good choices, such as buckling up everytime they are in a vehicle,” Daffron said.
District Eight has Adair, Casey, Clinton, Cumberland, Lincoln, McCreary, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Russell, and Wayne counties. Drive Smart programs are offered K-12 in all counties and can be scheduled in advance by contacting Amber Whittle, Drive Smart Coordinator for District 8 – Somerset at 606 677 4017 or Amber.Whittle@ky.gov