A new program to teach safe driving techniques is designed to reduce the number of repeat traffic offenders in Carroll County by providing education on traffic laws in Kentucky.

Carroll County Attorney Nicholas Marsh introduced Drive Safe Kentucky, a traffic and driving safety education program, for Carroll County residents.

Participants in the program have the opportunity for a traffic violation to be dismissed after completion of the program.

"When a traffic citation is written, we have an opportunity to increase awareness of traffic laws and safe driving practices," Marsh said in a release. "Drive Safe Kentucky offers a convenient alternative to traffic court while reducing the chances of reoffending."

The program could allow participants the opportunity to keep a good driving record by preventing license point, additional costs and fines, court appearances and keeping a violation from appearing on the driving record for insurance purposes.

The county attorney's office determines eligibility for Drive Safe Kentucky participation. Violators with driving while intoxicated offenses or a commercial driver's license will not be eligible for the program.

There is a $149 fee for the course. The county attorney's office partnered with the Public Safety Institute of Kentucky to provide the educational component of the program.

The program - which includes a traffic safety quiz consisting of 96 questions - may be completed online and takes about two hours. A DVD version of the program is available for people without internet or email access.

Violators who do not qualify for or choose not to participate in Drive Safe Kentucky will have the other options available, including pre-payment, state traffic school or court.

"Drive Safe Kentucky has the potential to save lives while helping relieve our overcrowded court system and make our highways safer," Marsh said in the release.