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For Immediate Release
August 3, 2002

Contact: Dan Gwadosky

Auburn Teen Finishes First in Driver Challenge
Competition Held to Encourage Good Driving Skills and Behavior
in Maine's Newest Drivers

Lewiston-Auburn College was the site for the first Teen Driver Challenge sponsored by the Department of the Secretary of State, the Maine Driver Education Association (MEDEA), Maine Transportation Safety Coalition (MTSC) and AAA of Northern New England. During the daylong event, students from twelve driver education schools competed in four different events that tested their driving skills and knowledge on the 'rules of the road'. Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky presented awards at the end of the competition to the following individuals and driving schools:

First Place David Chesley of Auburn Corey's Driving School, Auburn
Second Place Ray Henderson of Bangor Penobscot Job Corps, Bangor
Third Place Meaghan LeFebvre of South Portland A-Plus Driving School, South Portland

"This competition is an excellent way to provide younger drivers with positive reinforcement for good driving behavior," said Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky. "Driving is a lifelong learning experience and good driving skills and behavior instilled now will last a lifetime."

David Chesley, who placed first received a $1,000 prize and plaque and Corey's Driving School of Auburn received a $500 prize and has the honor of displaying a first place trophy until next year's event. Ray Henderson and Penobscot Job Corps of Bangor received $600 and $300, respectively and Meaghan LeFebvre and A-Plus Driving School of South Portland took home prizes of $400 and $200.

The day's activities began with a twenty-five question test and then moved on to two skills tests--a pre-driving vehicle inspection/off street skills test and a driving skills road test. An oral interview on driving concepts completed the competition.

Driver Challenge Supporters included Forest-Mathieu's School of Driving and Dennis Keller of State Farm Insurance. The following driver education schools participated in the Teen Driver Challenge:

Driver Education School
North Star Driving School, Nobleboro
Karen's Driving School, Lewiston
Corey's Driving School, Auburn
P & M Driving School, Windsor
Skowhegan Driving School, Skowhegan
Western Maine Driving Academy, South Paris
Bert's Driving School, Knox
A-Plus Driving School, So. Portland
Joyce's Driving School, Sherman Mills
McLeod's Driving School, Pittsfield
Roy's Driving Academy, Lewiston
Penobscot Job Corps, Bangor