In 2008, world champion drag racer Doug Herbert tragically lost both of his sons in a car accident caused by reckless driving.

Doug has since turned that unimaginable devastation into a national teen defensive driving program called B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe), which is heading to Gateway Motorsports Park on August 12-13.

Held in dozens of local markets across the nation, the program (@PutOnTheBRAKES) has worked with more than 25,000 teen drivers. The result: participants are 64 percent less likely to get into an accident within the first three years after completing the course.

Unlike other programs, B.R.A.K.E.S. use ex-Secret Service agents, police officers and professional race car drivers to train teens and their parents in car control and vehicle dynamics. B.R.A.K.E.S. utilizes vehicles provided by Kia Motors, so participants don’t need to risk damage to their own cars.

Space is limited and seats are filling quickly. Online registration is available at www.putonthebrakes.org.