Father creates free teen defensive driving program

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The national free teen defensive driving program is coming to Wichita at the end of the month.

B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe) will make its first stop ever in Wichita on July 27 and 28 at Wichita State University Hughes Metroplex.

"They're going to learn about how to deal with situations that they're going to come across eventually on the road," said Doug Herbert, founder of B.R.A.K.E.S.

Herbert, a multi-time Top Fuel drag racing champion, created the non-profit in honor of his two sons, Jon and James, who lost their lives in a car crash in 2008. 

"At that time I didn't know car crashes are the leading cause of fatalities for teenagers. I decided that I couldn't sit there and do nothing about it," said Herbert.

The program offers teens extensive behind-the-wheel instruction from professional trainers including current and former law enforcement officers as well as professional racing drivers, teaching the teens and their parents how to be safer on the road.

The sessions include exercises on panic braking, crash avoidance, off-road recovery, and skid recovery.

B.R.A.K.E.S. will host a total of four sessions in Wichita, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Classes are free to all, but they require a $99 refundable deposit to secure a reservation. To register for the Wichita session, click here.

To learn more about Herbert's story, click here.

To learn more about B.R.A.K.E.S., click here.