Sunday, April 17, 2011

Awareness, Avoidance, and Control - Driver's Edge in Arcadia

The non-profit driver education program, Driver's Edge, rolled into Arcadia this weekend, setting up their classroom on wheels and hands-on collision avoidance course at the Santa Anita Race Track.  The two-day event offers four, half-day, sessions where young drivers ages 15-21 are introduced to invaluable driving skills and techniques that could save their while driving.  The Driver's Edge program is funded through donations, corporate sponsorship, and grant monies.  The program is based out of Las Vegas, NV, and works closely with Nevada Office of Traffic Safety and Bridgestone.  Arcadia is one of the recurring stops for this national drivers education program.
Students and parents start out the session with an introduction to the program and instructors.  Each of the instructors are current or retired professional drivers from the racing industry.  The classroom welcome does not last long and the students hit the "track" quickly.  During each session, there is a Law Enforcement module where students and parents are able to interact with local officers.  The Arcadia Police Department has been and continues to be a proud participant with Driver's Edge.  Officers from the APD Traffic Bureau were joined by California Highway Patrol Officers from the Altadena Station.  Take a look at some of the event photos and be sure to check out the So Cal Auto Blog for coverage of the event as well.

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