PORT HENRY - Student drivers at Moriah Central School should have no trouble remembering traffic laws.
That's because they'll soon be learning to drive in a police car.
The town of Moriah has declared an old police car surplus and donated it to the school for use as a driver education vehicle.
"The school district and the kids are very appreciative," Bill Larrow, Moriah school superintendent, said. "We're happy to offer this to students."
The car, a 2006 Ford Taurus, was purchased with money from Essex County Stop DWI funds, explained Rick Carpenter, Moriah town board member. It now has high mileage and is no longer suitable for police use.
"But it's still a good vehicle," Carpenter said. "I'm glad the school can use it."
The new vehicle will replace a Chevrolet Suburban that has been used for driver education classes nearly 20 years.
"This is definitely an upgrade for our program," Larrow said. "I think I drove that Suburban when I was in school."
The new driver education car will be used by students as soon as it has been refitted. Police equipment is being removed and a passenger-side brake is being installed for instructor use.
The Stop DWI emblems on the car will remain in place.
"It's all part of driver education," Larrow said. "Anti-DWI efforts are important to us. What better use for the car than driver education?"
The town of Moriah has purchased a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria to replace the old vehicle. The new car was also purchased with county Stop DWI funds.