Welcome to Street Skills

Distractions and inattention cause 90 percent of car crashes among teen drivers. And the most dangerous distraction is texting…

Take an exciting ride through Street Skills, KET’s video series for teen drivers, now updated to include information about distracted driving. Hosted by television star Josh Hopkins, Street Skills is a fast-paced safe-driving series with an important message: “Driving can be fun. Driving can be freedom. Driving can be fatal.”

The Street Skills DVD set includes four 30-minute programs—The Art of Driving, Nature’s Laws, The Car, and The Road. A bonus disc offers additional features:

  • “Mind Over Machine,” a 10-minute video on the dangers of texting and other distractions
  • Survivor stories from teenagers involved in accidents caused by texting, speeding, hydroplaning and drunk driving
  • An interactive quiz

To order the Street Skills DVD, visit KET Adult Learning.

Kentucky residents can purchase the DVD by calling KET at (800) 945-9167 or emailing a request to shop@ket.org.

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About Street Skills

Meet the Host

Josh HopkinsFilm and television actor Josh Hopkins is the host of Street Skills. He’s currently starring in the series Cougar Town on ABC. Other television credits include Private Practice, CSI Miami, Brothers & Sisters, Vanished, Pepper Dennis, Cold Case, North Shore, and Ally McBeal.

Josh’s movie credits include Lebanon, Pa. (2010), Pretty Ugly People (2008), Show and Tell (2005), Windtalkers (2002), The Perfect Storm (2000), and G.I. Jane (1997).

Josh grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, where he attended Sayre School and played varsity basketball. After studying voice and theater at Alabama’s Auburn University, he returned to Kentucky and joined Louisville’s renowned Actors Theatre. From there, he moved on to New York, where he made his Broadway debut as an understudy in a 1994 revival of Picnic.

Josh is the son of Carolyn and Larry Hopkins, who served as U.S. Representative from Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District from 1979 to 1993.


Street Skills Production Credits

Executive Producer – Liz Hobson
Producer/Director – Janet Whitaker
Associate Producer – Bob Booth
Writer – Ira Simmons
Assistant Director/Videographer – Frank Simkonis
Field Audio – Chuck Burgess, Gary Mosley, Mitch Buchanan, and Frank Simkonis
Sound Design/Additional Music – Chuck Burgess
Lighting – Dan Cunningham, Don Dean, and Frank Simkonis
Editors – Esther Reed, James Walker
Computer Graphics – Carl Coakley
Makeup/Wardrobe – Jo Motsinger
Set Design/Construction – Fred Rivers
Publicist – Jodi Spears
Additional Studio Cameras – Lee Delaney, George Murphy

Student Drivers:
Jarred Cooper
Aurion Johnson
Elizabeth McGuire
L. Duncan Teater
Rejane Davis
Tara Pacella
Michael Snedegar
Jennifer Knight

Special Thanks:
Bluegrass AAA
Department of Criminal Justice Training
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Division of Traffic Engineering
Kentucky Motor Vehicle Enforcement: Steve McCowan
Kentucky State Police Commissioner: Gary Rose
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School
Toyota Motor Manufacturing
Traffic Safety Institute

Distracted Driving Credits: Video Segments, Web Site, and DVD

Executive Producer – Nancy Carpenter
Producer/Director/Editor – Esther Tattershall
Associate Producer – Janet Whitaker
Content Advisor/Writer – Mary Duncan
Writer/Editor – Margaret Townsley
Videographer – Frank Simkonis
Sound Design/Audio Post – Chuck Burgess
Graphic Design – Clark Bradshaw
Graphics Associate Producer – Allison NeCamp
Web Design – Cynthia Lowell
Web Content – Charles Hamilton, Allison NeCamp, Esther Tattershall, Margaret Townsley, Janet Whitaker, and Mary Duncan
DVD Design – Matt Crum
Photography – Steve Shaffer, Allison NeCamp
Print Design – John Dawahare
Camera Assistant – Jason Robinson

Ben Allen
Charles Hamilton
Jodi Jasper
Rachel Murphy
Allison NeCamp

Special Thanks:
Carnegie Mellon University
Josh Hopkins
Kentucky Office of Highway Safety
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University