"That's what makes us feel like we're making a difference is that we can get in on the front side instead of the back side," said Cabot.
In addition to being a traffic officer, Cabot is a senior driving instructor with the Top Cops Driving School. Cabot along with other traffic officers and school-resource officers formed the program to share their knowledge of driving with teens.
"We're working on the major accidents. We're working on the highways, so we have a lot of experience in finding out what kids really need to learn," Cabot said.
Top Cops formed a partnership with the Boulder Valley School District. Driving courses are available to students during classroom breaks like winter vacation. The program offers a class of four, eight-hour days of intensive learning.
"I'm on break, so I might as well get it out of the way. So, you don't have to miss any school," Brock Abeyta, a freshman at Broomfield High School, said.
Abeyta says it is cool to learn how to drive from police officers versus regular driving instructors.
"Supposed to be the best drivers on the road, so you want to learn from the best, right?" Abeyta said. "You get to learn about their experiences and make sure you're not part of the statistics, you know. You don't want to end up like their stories."
Cabot says the course is not about scaring kids, but he does want to share the realities and responsibilities of controlling a 3,000-pound vehicle.
"We're teaching these kids about how to make good decisions. We're teaching them about how to drive in heavy traffic and light traffic," Cabot said.
Cabot says the Top Cops Driving School is working to expand its work to other school districts. The classes do cost students extra money, but the funds are split between the school district and the Top Cops program for expenses. The officers instruct the classes during their off days or vacation time.
If you want to find out more about Top Cops, just visit their website: http://topcopsdrivingschool.com/.
"It has an impact on you. You want to actually learn and make sure you're doing the right stuff," Abeyta said. "I think it could very well keep me alive."
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