Training For The Chase
Eighteen Highway Patrol recruits stepped up to the wheel for training this week.
"Well, first, your hearts beating pretty fast. I was the first one to go, so I was pretty nervous. I didn't have anyone to hear from to hear how it went, 'cause they don't tell you how the course goes," said Highway Patrol recruit Amy McMahon. "Hearing the cars go screaming by, that's enough to get our blood going too, and I think we're all ready to go."
The training involves more than just driving fast.
"You have to maintain control of your car; you have to control your breathing; you can't get too excited; you do have to talk on the radio but not only do you have to talk on the radio you have to remain calm, you can't scream you can't yell, you can't talk too fast," said Scott White, another Highway Patrol recruit.
The Highway Patrol hopes to make their recruits better drivers and keep the roads safe.
"Avoid all obstacles on the road. If they hit anything, then the pursuit's terminated and they have to re-do it, it's a failure if they do hit something on the road," said Sgt. Joey Day, Highway Patrol instructor. "Obviously they're just cones, but they simulate cars, simulate pedestrians and other obstacles that are out there in the road that in real life if you strike, there would be some pretty severe consequences."
Recruits have only a limited amount of time to finish the training exercise. They will finish their vehicle training on Friday. The highway patrol has been using this exercise since 1990.