Seymour students learn rules of the road

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Tribune photo by Aaron Piper / A student from Seymour High School drives a Seymour police cruiser through an obstacle course Oct. 20 during the police department's Rule the Road teen driving program.

A teenager winding up in a police cruiser generally is not viewed as a good thing by many.

A group of local teens, however, recently had the chance to learn a little bit about safe driving while behind the wheel of one of Seymour’s police cruisers.

“It’s a fun thing for teens to do, and we cover some of the things driver’s education doesn’t teach,” Capt. Carl Lamb said of the department’s Rule the Road driving program.

The program is in its third year and already has shown impressive results, Lamb said.

City officers investigated 220 accidents involving young drivers between 15 and 18 in 2013, he said. The number, however, has declined since then. After 2014, there were 148 accidents involving that age group, and in 2015, that number fell to 99, according to the police department.

“We saw a 33 percent decrease after the first year and 55 percent this last year,” Lamb said. “That’s a lot of change.”

The program at Freeman Municipal Airport on the city’s southwest side is divided into stations where students can learn about different aspects of driving.

Read the full story in Thursday’s Tribune and online at tribtown.com.

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.