Photo/Story Gallery 2005

FHP, Sprint Nextel and NASCAR Focus on Driving

Colonel Knight announces the national kickoff of 'Focus on Driving.'Sprint Nextel, in partnership with the Florida Highway Patrol and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, has announced the national kickoff of “Focus on Driving,” a new drivers education program created by Sprint Nextel to educate teen drivers about the importance of attentive driving.

Pictured left, Colonel Knight helps announce the national kickoff of “Focus on Driving.”

NASCAR Nextel CupSeries drivers Kyle Busch and Travis Kvapil sign autographs for Leon HS Fans.As part of the announcement at Leon High School, Sprint Nextel unveiled a series of television public service announcements starring NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch, Travis Kvapil and Kasey Kahne, which promote the Focus on Driving program and the importance of attentive driving.

Pictured right,  NASCAR Nextel CupSeries drivers Kyle Busch and Travis Kvapil sign autographs for Leon HS Fans.

Both Busch, driver of the No. 5 Kellogg’s Chevrolet and Kvapil, driver of the No. 77 Kodak Dodge, met with Leon High School students to promote the Focus on Driving program.

Colonel Knight standing next to an extremely fast Nextel race car.“When you get behind the wheel, whether you’re driving 180 miles per hour at a NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race or 35 miles per hour on the way to the grocery store, there’s no room for distractions,” commented Busch, who, at age 20, is the youngest driver in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. “You have to focus on driving.” Travis Kvapil agreed.

Pictured left, Colonel Knight stands next to an extremely fast Nextel race car.

“Whether it’s talking to passengers in the car, changing a CD or talking on a cell phone, young drivers like the students here at Leon High School are faced with many distractions when they get behind the wheel. Sprint’s Focus on Driving program helps teen drivers identify these distractions and gives them tips to minimize or eliminate those distractions altogether.”

Focus on Driving, which was introduced in 2003 as a pilot in the Orange County Public Schools in Orlando, Florida, is now available free of charge to driver education teachers and students throughout Florida as well as Arizona, California, Virginia and Washington state. The national expansion will continue on a state-by-state basis throughout the remainder of the 2005-2006 school year. Created by Sprint Nextel in consultation with the NASSP and Orange County Public Schools driver education teachers and high school students, Focus on Driving is designed to educate teenagers about the importance of attentive driving before they get behind the wheel for the very first time. Student focus groups helped create a resource that speaks to teens in their own language, using real-world examples.

“We are pleased to partner with Sprint Nextel in effort to curb the high number of traffic related deaths and injuries as a result of driver distraction. Safety awareness programs, such as this one, provide a foundation of prudent driving habits for young drivers to build upon,” commented Col. Christopher A. Knight, director of the Florida Highway Patrol.

NASCAR Driver Kyle Busch giving an interview to the media concerning the new safety program.“When you get behind the wheel of an automobile, your first priority is to focus on driving. Helping new drivers understand that will make roads safer in Florida and in all the communities where this curriculum is available.”

To learn more about the Focus on Driving program or to order the free Focus on Driving teacher and student guides and the instructional video, visit www.sprint.com/focusondriving or email focusondriving@sprint.com.

Pictured right, NASCAR Driver Kyle Busch gives an interview to the media concerning the new safety program.