11-10-10 Alive at 25! Teen Driver Safety Class this
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 next class is set for Monday, Nov.
15th, 4 - 8:30 p.m. at Boise City Hall West, 333 N. Sailfish Pl.
off Maple Grove between Emerald & Mitchell streets. The classes
Sign up for the class today at
About "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.
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
"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
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
- 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,
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Although this group represents about 7% of the nations'
licensed drivers, they are involved in nearly 15% of all fatal
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
- 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
- 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