Skid Car Training For Safer Driving

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By Amanda Wade

You may see police officers in Opp skidding in a parking lot, but don't worry, they are in class.

Opp Police Chief, Mike McDonald, says officers, as well as deputies and firefighters throughout Covington County, are participating in a five day training program preparing them to handle a car if they lose control.

Each driver takes a three hour classroom course followed by at least 30 to 45 minutes of driving practice as an instructor forces the car to lose control in an enclosed parking lot. He says he hopes the class will make them safer drivers in poor conditions, "I think the most important thing is cars can get away from you. It may be as a result of wet or icy road conditions or it may be a result of poor road ways or speed. You may have to react to what a driver's doing in front of you, so this gives them an opportunity to determine how to control the car if it goes into a skid."

The class runs through Friday and all of Opp's patrol division police officers are taking the course.