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Drivers train on police drivers course

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At the East Texas Police Academy, ordinary citizens got the chance to train in high speed stress drills designed to test their abilities. This kind of high speed twist and turn course is usually reserved for law enforcement, but this weekend instructors allow average drivers to test their abilities.

"Civilians out here take this course learn accident avoidance. We put them through the paces out here with some different obstacles to see what their car will do," says instructor Mike Augustine.

Extreme turns, acceleration and quick stops are designed to test drivers reaction time or lack of it.

"Really learned what I can and can't do, and what the car is capable of definitely. When you think you can do something fast, you really can't," says driver Jerica Cefuentes.

"There may be potential for an accident that you would find a lane, if possible take evasive action and that's what we're training them to do. Often times when people are in crashes they don't know what to do because they don't know what their car is capable of," Augustine says.

On a short course they must accelerate to 45-to-50 miles per hour, then stop dead at marked spots, putting stress on the drivers by design.

"It can be very intense, but you learn what your can and can't do, and hopefully it will come to you in emergency situations. I'm learning to do things very quickly," says driver Penny Guimaraes.

Anyone interested in taking the police driving class can call either Kilgore College or the East Texas Police Academy.

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