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Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council and is designed to prevent the number one killer of teens, automobile crashes.  Alive at 25 is taught by off duty Deputy Sheriffs, and Municipal Police Officers.  The course is delivered in one 4 ½ hour program which focuses on the behaviors and decision-making paradigms that young drivers and passengers display behind the wheel.  Instructors hold candid conversations with students about what can happen if they practice risky behavior or make other poor decisions in an automobile.

 

These behaviors and their implications are explored in-depth through a combination of subject discussions and interactive teaching tools including:

  • Risk identification

  • Interactive video participation

  • Experience sharing with peers

  • Role-playing in various driving situations

  • Driving law review-local and traffic


 

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 age 15-20
  • Annually, more than 326,000 young drivers are seriously injured
  • 315 young drivers were killed last year in South Carolina; 152 were not wearing safety belts
  • Nearly 50, or one-fourth, were alcohol related; the average blood alcohol level (BAC) was 0.14; to be considered legally drunk in South Carolina the BAC is 0.08
  • 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.


Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24. The National Safety Council, a leader in driver improvement training for more than 40 years, developed DDC-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 recent study by the Colorado State Patrol, 93% of DDC- Alive at 25 participants said they would change their driving behavior afterwards.
  • Courts and schools nationwide use DDC-Alive at 25 in their graduated license and violator programs.

This highly interactive four and a half hour program encourages young drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 to take responsibility for their driving behavior. Skill practices and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado to confidence.

Our DDC-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.

DDC-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.

Vehicle crashes are the #1 cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 24.

 


 

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