Drivers' ed course helps students learn how to stay safe on roadways

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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - This week is National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says wrecks are the leading cause of death for teens ages 15 to 18.

Johnson Central High School started offering a drivers' ed course this year.

Jesse Peck, the teacher, says he is trying to help students learn driving techniques and how to stay safe on the roadways.

"Some kids, it was their first time behind the wheel of anything, but now as the year goes on they are getting more comfortable. I'm getting more comfortable. We are just learning and growing daily," said Peck. "There's no better way to learn than when the situation arises."

For some students, like 18-year-old Jamie Hall, getting behind the wheel can be scary.

"When I first started driving I was tense. I was very tense. It would make me flinch and end up messing up a lot," Hall said.

After the first few months of the course, he said it has been extremely beneficial.

"I would say take it in a heartbeat. It will be the best thing you ever do," Hall said.

In the past three years, in Kentucky there were more than 42,000 crashes involving teen drivers.

School officials at Johnson Central say this is a course they will continue in the future.

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