Mature Drivers

The Kentucky State Police participate in the Green River TRIAD. The chair of the TRIAD, Kentucky State Trooper Mark Applin, is a certified AAA Driver Improvement Program instructor. Trooper Applin instructs the eight-hour "Safe Driving for Mature Operators" course to older drivers in the seven counties that the Green River TRIAD serves. Funding for the course is through local sponsorships; therefore, training for the participants is free.

The troopers provide traffic safety tips and instruction annually at the Senior Center Safety Day. In addition to general safety tips, certified Child Safety Seat Technicians instruct grandparents how to safely use and install child safety seats when transporting their grandchildren. Local media covers the Senior Center Safety Day and provides citizens with useful information as a public service.

The local electric company, Kenergy Corporation, in coordination with the Green River TRIAD, publishes a monthly magazine that is distributed to 47,000 households that contains safety tips from the TRIAD, which include driver safety and winter driving safety information.

In addition to the Green River TRIAD program, public affairs troopers from statewide troops also are certified through the AAA as Driver Improvement Instructors. The troopers instruct the "Safe Driving for Mature Operators" to older drivers at local troop posts. The public affairs officers discuss driving safety and provide safety information that is pertinent to the specific localities.

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