Ohio officer implements drag-racing program with focus on safety

Published On: Oct 09 2013 07:04:36 AM HST

Fast, furious, and completely legal: A Middletown police officer is challenging drivers to a drag race.

The idea is to get street racing out of your system in a safe environment.

Officer Kenny King is a familiar face inside Middletown Elementary Schools. He's a school resource officer who also enjoys talking to students about drag racing. He even challenges the older kids to take him on.

"If you're a street racer and want to race, come and race me," he said.

Race him and you'll get to race against a police car.

King has brought a national program, Beat The Heat, to the Tri-State.

He takes his '68 Chevy Chevelle and meets anyone who's up for the challenge at a legal drag strip.

"Our goal is to teach kids to stay in school, stay off drugs, stay off alcohol and no street racing," King said.

Aside from giving teens a safe environment to race in, this allows King to get one-on-one time with them and try to steer them in a positive direction.

Once at the finish line, King hopes those who've agreed to the challenge walk away a little wiser.

"Everybody has to have something to give back. This is my little thing to give back to the community," King said.

King says no tax dollars have been spent on the car, much of it came from his own pocket.


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