I’m sure any parent of a teenager has felt the anxiety that comes along with handing your child the keys to your car. Sure, your kid might drive quite well with you in the car, but when you’re not, what are they up to? It’s been said that young drivers often neglect the rules of the road a little bit more when they’re not with their parents, and especially when they’ve got a group of friends in the car. I mean I remember being a teenager in awe of the freedom I had when my parents let me use the truck for the night. I remember on probably a couple occasions racing people – though more often than not (and keep in mind, this is just a handful of times), I would let them win because I was uncomfortable with the speeds, and really didn’t want to get a ticket – or worse, into an accident. It’s funny looking back as you grow up at the things you used to do and how stupid they seem now, but perfectly logical they were then.
Anyway, I know I’m far from the only person who felt compelled to drive stupidly as a teenager. That’s why I think it’s super cool that police down in California came together to create this program called “Top The Cops.” It’s a great chance for young drivers to fulfill their need for speed without putting the public in danger, and it happens at Sonoma Raceway (previously known as Sears Point Raceway and Infineon Raceway). Here’s what it looks like:
There is a claim in that report that it might be the only program of its kind, but that’s not true. There’s something at at Las Vegas Motor Speedway called Beat the
Meat Heat. Sorry, Jeremy Clarkson threw me a bit in this Top Gear report:
It’s a pretty cool idea that’ll help these kids get the bad driving habits out of their system in a closed environment where they won’t get into trouble and won’t hurt anyone… And if you ask me, there should be programs like this everywhere… Perhaps we can lobby to Peterborough Police to start up something like this?