Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

"Alive at 25" - Keeping young drivers safe is the goal of a new Boise Police class for teens

"Alive at 25" - Keeping young drivers safe is the goal of a new Boise Police class for teens

    The Boise Police Department, working with a grant from the Idaho Department of Transportation, has begun to offer unique classes specifically focused on traffic safety for young motorists! The class is called "Alive at 25". The first class took place recently at City Hall West in Boise and the teens and young adults who attended say the class one-time class was well worth their time. 

    The class is FREE, and course designers say, depending on a family's insurance carrier, having a young driver take the course may help lower insurance rates.

    "Alive at 25" is a 4- and-a-half hour, one-time class and graduates walk away with a "diploma" to present to their insurance carrier. 

    "Alive at 25" was developed several years ago in Colorado. It's success in that state has prompted other areas - like Boise- to offer the program. 

    Learn more, find a course to attend and sign up for a class at www.aliveat25.us

What happens during the Alive at 25 course?

    This highly interactive program encourages young drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 to take responsibility for their driving behavior. Skill practices and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado to confidence.

    "Alive at 25" instructors use personal examples and even humor to get their point across. They use workbook exercises, interactive media segments, group discussions, role-playing, and short lectures to help young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them safer on the road.

    Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 24. The National Safety Council, a leader in driver improvement training for more than 40 years, developed Alive at 25 to specifically target drivers in this age group.

  • Since 1995, more than 400,000 young adults have learned life-saving defensive driving skills through DDC-Alive at 25.
  • In a study conducted by the Colorado State Patrol in 2003, of 1000 random Alive at 25 graduates (500 voluntary and 500 court ordered), 89% of the respondents indicated they believed they would be a safer driver as a result of taking the class and, 92% of the respondents identified that they believed the class helped them improve their driving knowledge and skills.  Please remember, half of the respondents did not want to be there and were court ordered, traffic violators.
  • Courts and schools nationwide use Alive at 25 in their graduated license and violator programs.

"Alive at 25" teaches young adults that:

  • People in their age group are more likely to be hurt or killed in a vehicle crash.
  • Inexperience, distractions, and peer pressure cause unique driving hazards.
  • Speeding, alcohol, and "party drugs" greatly increase their risk of injury or death.
  • As a driver or passenger, they can greatly reduce their risk by taking control.
  • Committing to changing their driving behavior makes personal, legal and financial sense.

Why do we need the Alive at 25 course?

  Traffic crashes are the leading cause of teen fatalities, accounting for 44% of teen deaths in the U.S.

  • Young drivers are involved in fatal crashes at more than twice the rate of all others
  • The first year for a newly licensed teenage driver is the most dangerous, with more than one in five involved in crashes
  • Each year nearly 6,000 teens are killed in vehicular accidents; more than 3,800 are drivers aged 15-20
  • Annually, more than 326,000 young drivers are seriously injured
  • 116 young drivers were killed in Colorado in 2007; 86 (74%) were not wearing safety belts; 56 of these were ejected from the vehicle
  • More than half the deaths occurred between Friday and Sunday; 41% occurred between 9:00pm and 6:00am
  • Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving at an unsafe speed is the most common error in fatal teenage accidents
  • More than 1,000 young drivers lose their lives each year in crashes because of an impaired driver, be it themselves or someone else
  • Although this group represents about 7% of the nations’ licensed drivers, they are involved in nearly 15% of all fatal crashes


Research shows the leading cause of young driver accidents involve one or a combination of the following factors:

  • Lack of awareness to the consequences of risk-taking behavior
  • Inexperience with complexities of driving
  • Peers in vehicle with the youthful driver
  • Driving as a social activity
  • Impaired driving to due road conditions, including driving at night
  • Speeding
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

As a young driver or passenger, you can greatly reduce your risk by taking control of the situation. Committing to learning or changing your driving behavior makes personal, legal and financial sense.

 

You can learn more about the program, find a course to attend and sign up for a class at www.aliveat25.us

 

Release Prepared By:

Charles McClure
Boise Police Public Information