NASCAR Busch Series Race Kentucky Motorsports driver Stan Boyd helped launch the Drive To Stay Alive Program at Kentucky Speedway today.

Drive To Stay Alive was created by the Kentucky State Police and Governor's Highway Safety program to help educate high school students throughout the state about the benefits of wearing seat belts and other aspects of driver safety.

"NASCAR has had a long-time commitment to safety and seat belts are the cornerstone of that commitment," Boyd said. "They give you a protective edge that increases your chances of surviving a collision."

Twenty-three students will visit Kentucky Speedway for three days of hands-on driving instruction. Program graduates will then will return to their schools to help educate their fellow students about driver safety.

"This program is the only one of its kind in Kentucky and is setting the pace for others across the country," Kentucky State Patrol Commissioner Mark Miller said. "Students are experiencing much of the same training our cadets receive and will be partnered with a state trooper to spread the safety message to their fellow students.

"The real value of the program is based on the concept that a message conveyed by a student carries a more personal tone and is more effective. I commend each of these students and their school districts for participating in this life-saving program."

The 2004 program includes students from Bath Co. High, Breathitt Co. High, Caverna High, Calloway Co. High, Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg, Christian Co. High, Clinton Co. High, Gallatin Co. High, Harrison Co. High, Johnson Central High, Madison Southern High, McCreary Central High, Monroe Co. High, Nicholas Co. High, Owen Co. High, Paul Blazer High, Providence High, Pulaski Co. High, Somerset High, Shelby Co. High, Trimble Co. High, Walton-Verona High and Williamstown High."

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