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B.R.A.K.E.S program aims at keeping drivers safe

July 28, 2019 - 2:43 pm

A former drag racer has turned tragedy into a program that is saving lives. 

B.R.A.K.E.S. stands for Be Responsible and Keep Everyone Safe. It was established by Doug Herbert, a former drag racing champion, after his sons died in 2008.  The program tackles topics such as accident avoidance, distracted driving and what to do when pulled over by law enforcement.

Herbert's own sons were killed in a vehicle accident. It's now his mission, he says, to prevent other parents from being on the receiving end of a terrible phone call, such as the one he got. 

Kansas Highway Patrol partnered with the program. Troopers were present at the event Saturday to instruct drivers both about what to do if they get pulled over and to warn them about the hazards of not wearing a seat belt. 

The goal is to make the roadways in Wichita safer.

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