The half-day program begins at 9 a.m.
“Alive at 25” is a driver’s awareness course designed by the National Safety Council for young drivers ages 15 to 24. The first year for a newly licensed teenage driver is the most dangerous, with more than one in five involved in crashes. Results show that program graduates experienced a more than 72 percent decrease in crash fatalities.
“Young drivers face different challenges on the road,” said Cotton, a deputy at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. “This program is about teaching them how to make their own decisions when it comes to driving safely.”
Course content includes defensive driving techniques that will help young drivers gain awareness and develop strategies to keep safe on the road. Decision-making and responsibility-taking will be emphasized through interactive media, workbook exercises, role-playing, and class discussions.
“We encourage these kids to be honest about what distracts them while driving and talk about how to make decisions that will keep them safe,” Cotton said.
According to Cotton, the “Alive at 25” program counts as double community service hours and will qualify participants for discounts on parking permits and auto insurance.
For more details about the pilot program, call the VC Calhoun County Center at 361-553-4316. To register, visit www.TexasAliveTeam.org. The VC Calhoun County Center class is listed in the left-hand menu.
For the free class, select the option that says “I will send payment by check/I am requesting a scholarship.”