Sheriff to hold free safe driving course

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office this past weekend announced it is partnering with the National Safety Council and the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company, Inc. to provide a state certified, four-hour safe driving course for young drivers.

The first class, to be taught by recently certified instructor Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, will be held on Saturday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Grayson County High School (GCHS) library.

The one-time course is free, open to any youth aged 16 to 24 who has an instructor’s permit, and can be taken in lieu of the state’s Graduated Drivers Licensing Program, according to Chaffins.

The program is called “Alive at 25” and is geared toward the 16- to 24-year-old age group because that group accounts for the majority of traffic fatalities, Chaffins said.

The course satisfies the state’s requirement for a driver to obtain his or her full license; however, Chaffins said, he also encourages young drivers to take Driver’s Education, as well, especially for the experience of driving.

The course will discuss a majority of topics directly related to driving safely, such as the point system, law enforcement’s zero tolerance policy relating to drinking and driving, and the importance of wearing seat belts.

The course, organized by the Kentucky State Police, has been offered for some time in the state, but it was not, until recently, offered in Grayson County.

Most of the instructors are current or retired Kentucky State troopers, and, as Chaffins is a retired state trooper, he was contacted about becoming certified to teach a class locally.

When he learned the class’s goal is to reduce traffic fatalities among young people, Chaffins said, he was on board immediately.

While only one class is scheduled at this time, Chaffins said, depending on interest, the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) will hold more classes, possibly on a weekly basis.

Class space is limited to 30 students, and pre-registration is required. Students may sign up at the GCSO, the Grayson County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, or through GCHS Counselor Mona Higdon’s office during normal operating hours.

Anyone with questions may call the GCSO at 270-259-3024.

By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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