16, 2006 - Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam and Police Chief Sterling
Owen today announced a new training program designed to better prepare
teens for driving. The Collision Avoidance Training program (CAT)
is an advanced defensive driving and vehicle control program that
will provide young drivers with the knowledge and understanding of
vehicle dynamics and human kinetics - the forces created by an automobile
and the effects of these forces on the human body.
Chief Owen said the department has teamed up with Partners for Highway
Safety to offer this unique training opportunity. The object of the
program is to enhance a young driver's awareness of the complex task
of operating a motor vehicle. It will also provide an opportunity
to practice skills that will prepare teens to anticipate and handle
hazards that occur daily under normal driving conditions. The curriculums
were created around the fact that most teen crashes are classified
as "avoidable" and, due to the lack of experience or training,
teens are not prepared to make the vehicle respond appropriately.
The training will be divided into two segments - the education
segment and the skills segment. The education segment will provide
the students a better understanding of the responsibilities and
liabilities of the driver, vehicle dynamics, friction and the effects
of intoxicating substances on their ability to operate a vehicle.
The skills segment will provide hands-on training in the areas of
steering, acceleration, deceleration, backing and skid control /
Chief Owen said, "Students will ride with certified driving
instructors as they learn skills such as evasive maneuvers, proper
cornering, backing and skid recovery. Students will only be allowed
to move to the next exercise once the instructor feels the student
has successfully demonstrated a reliable degree of skill."
Teens interested in obtaining additional information about the program
can call the Knoxville Police Department Training Unit at 865-215-1308.
To register for a class, teens will need to call the Partners for
Highway Safety office at 1-800-656-6507. The fee for the training