Young drivers’ class set June 6 |

Young drivers’ class set June 6

Staff Reports

MINDEN, Nev. – Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Gordon is offering a free safe driving course for young drivers 2:30-5:30 p.m. June 6 at the Douglas County Judicial and Law Enforcement Center training room.

He calls it DRIVE which stands for Driving Responsibly Includes Vehicle Education.

Gordon has been offering the class every few months for the past two years. He’s also training other troopers to offer the program outside Douglas County.

A class was offered Friday in the Ormsby Room at the Carson City Sheriff’s Office on Musser Street. Gordon would like to hear from Carson City residents who would be interested in scheduling another session.

The class is designed for drivers age 15 to their early 20s. Parents also are invited.

Participants can register at 684-7380 or by leaving an e-mail address and contact number at

The class covers driving distractions, peer pressure, alcohol, Nevada statutes, bad weather driving, and basic vehicle maintenance.

Gordon said he tries to make the class fun and interactive.

He is assisted by Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy On Skibinski.

The theme of the class is that driving is a responsibility, Gordon said.

“Our goal is to tell kids, ‘Here’s what this car is capable of doing. Here are the consequences of what can happen,'” Gordon said.

Both officers recently won accolades for their service to the community.

Skibinski was honored as the DCSO 2010 deputy of the year at the annual Elks Club law enforcement night. Gordon was named Nevada Highway Patrol trooper of the year for the northern command.

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