Free national teen defensive driving school to stop in Topeka

The national free teen defensive driving program BRAKES (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) will head to the Heartland Motorsports Park, at Topeka, on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23, 2018. Utilizing vehicles provided by Kia Motors and with partial funding from the Kansas Department of Transportation, the BRAKES program offers teens extensive behind-the-wheel instruction by ex-law enforcement and professional racing drivers, teaching new drivers and their parents how to be safer on the road.

Topeka will be among three stops in the region for the BRAKES team, which will also head to the Missouri Safety Center Training Complex in Warrensburg, Mo., Sept. 15-16, and Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan., Oct. 27-28.

Exercises include distracted driving awareness, panic braking, crash avoidance, drop wheel/off-road recovery, and car control/skid recovery.

Car crashes are the number-one cause of death among teens, ending more young lives every day than murder, suicide or disease. BRAKES graduates are 64 percent less likely to get in a crash within the next three years.

Drag racing champion Doug Herbert founded the charity organization BRAKES after losing his two sons in a tragic car crash. He turned his tragedy into a lifesaving mission that has trained more than 33,000 teens around the country.

Space is limited; online registration is available at www.putonthebrakes.org. Heartland Motorsports Park is at 7530 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, Kan.

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