Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Alive at 25 - Officers teach FREE class aimed at making teen drivers safer

Parents: Help your teen or young adult driver stay safe on the roads (and possibly lower your insurance rates at the same time). The Alive at 25 program is taught by police officers and designed specifically for young drivers between 15 and 24.

Boise, Sept. 3, 2013 - The Boise Police Department, in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Transportation, is offering a unique class specifically focused on traffic safety for young motorists! The class is called "Alive at 25".

Currently, there are still seats available for classes Sept. 19, Oct 14 and Oct. 24. All classes begin at 4:00 p.m. and are taught at the Boise Police administration offices, 333 N. Mark Stall Place.  Class space is also still open for upcoming classes in Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell and other locations thoughout Idaho. To learn more or sign up, go to http://aliveat25.us/.

What is Alive at 25?

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.

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. 

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

Alive at 25 is a 4 1/2 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 Idaho - to offer the program to young drivers.