State Police Driving Program Teaches Students From Around The World

Contact: Lt. David Halliday, Precision Driving Unit, (517) 322-1787

May 25, 2004

Lansing The Drive Track at the Michigan State Police (MSP) Training Academy may not be as well known as the tracks professional race car drivers use, however when it comes to precision driving it is regarded as one of the top in the nation.

Just ask Sean Khoo, an ambulance driver from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mr. Khoo has traveled from Malaysia to Michigan to receive three weeks of instruction in precision driving from the Michigan State Police.

"The program has been educational," remarked Mr. Khoo, who will return to Malaysia on May 28. "The MSP Training Academy is a wonderful facility, dedicated to improving emergency vehicle drivers as many are lost to mere vehicle crashes. The team of instructors are fantastic, professional and willing to share their knowledge and enjoyable to learn the importance of driver training."

Mr. Khoo will complete a one-week advanced precision driving program where he will study topics such as vehicle dynamics, braking, high-speed operation, skid avoidance training and range design. He will also spend two weeks completing the precision driving instructor program, which will teach him how to design a driving course, train others in precision driving and certify police, fire, and EMS personnel in emergency vehicle operation.

"Being able to properly handle a vehicle in extreme conditions can mean the difference between life and death," said Lt. David Halliday, commander of the MSP Precision Driving Unit. "Our courses combine classroom learning with actual drive time on the track in an effort to best prepare our students for the various conditions that they may face on the road."

The MSP Precision Driving Facility is located on a 42-acre site adjacent to the MSP Training Academy in Lansing. Its purpose is to provide emergency vehicle operations training to members of the law enforcement community, both in-state and out of state.

The facility features a nine acre precision maneuvering pad (700' x 500'), a three acre skid pad (500' x 200'), an off-road recovery lane, an observation tower, seven full-time staff members and 27 safety equipped vehicles.

The State Police has been offering courses in precision driving since 1989, and has taught students from all over the country, Canada, and as far away as Australia.


Lt. David Halliday, Precision Driving Unit, (517) 322-1787

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