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New tire technology puts police driving skills to the test

Thomasville Police officers train with new tire technology Thomasville Police officers train with new tire technology
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Thomasville Police Department Training Officer Henry C. Williams Thomasville Police Department Training Officer Henry C. Williams
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - New tire technology is putting Police officers' driving skills to the test. 

Thomasville Police went through a training course Thursday in cars with tires that simulated dangerous road conditions. 

Crime happens rain or shine, and police officers can't always avoid driving in dangerous road conditions. 

That's why Thomasville Police decided to incorporate a new technology to help prepare officers for when circumstances are less than ideal. 

Department Training Officer Henry C. Williams said, "A lot of the officers had never been in a car that had been on a skid on the street. And they came out here and they're like, 'Man, I can recover from this. I know how now.'"

It's all about preventative training.  

Making sure these officers know what to do the first time. 

Thomasville Risk Management Coordinator Justin Kuhnz said, "We've seen a reduction in accidents, especially with pursuits with the police department, since we've started to use the EasyDrift system."

EasyDrift is a high density plastic that duplicates natural elements such as water, snow, or ice.  

EasyDrift Representative Louis Callard said, "It's a ring that fits over the tire so that the tire is no longer in contact with the asphalt."

Instructors said this sort of technology isn't just beneficial for officers.  

They said that all drivers should know what to do in dangerous situations before they get behind the wheel. 

Callard said, "As long as you sit behind the wheel of a car you need to understand how to drive that car and all the coordination that is required."

Mandatory training will continue into next week until the entire Police Department has completed the course.  

EasyDrift is working with groups around the country to include these tires in teenage driving curricula. 

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