Courts can decrease recidivism and motor vehicle collisions by teaching young drivers to understand and avoid risks specific to their driving habits and social situations.
Texas legislation requres a defendant younger than 25 convicted of a moving violation, during the deferral period, to complete a six-hour defensive driving course and possibly an additional live, four-hour defensive driving course designed for drivers younger than 25.
The requirements for this course are based on the
Alive at 25 course created by the National Safety Council.
What Young Adults will Learn
- Why drivers ages 15 to 24 often understimate risks
- The effects of inexperience, peer pressure and distractions such as cell phones
- The dangers of driving with your knees
- State and local driving laws
- Communication skills for assertiveness and being a young leader
- Responsibility of passengers
Alive at 25 is a highly effective four-hour course that complements standard driver education programs and is also ideal for young drivers who incur traffic violations. Through interactive media, workbook exercises, class discussions and role play, young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them safe on the road.
The third edition has a strong focus on decision-making skills. Practice and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado into confidence. In addition to language that resonates with young adults, the course emphasizes classroom participation. Teens are encouraged to join in non-threatening, non-judgmental discussions exploring how changing driving behavior makes personal, legal and financial sense.
- Long-term Goal: Help save lives and equip young adults to drive more defensively
- Class size: Most effective when limited to 20 participants
- Format: DVD and VHS in English and Spanish
Alive at 25 has been adopted by more states, high schools and courts for graduated licensing and traffic violator programs than any other driver training program for young adults.