"Alive at 25"
This four hour driver educational course is open to young persons between the ages of 16 to 25 years old and is taught by National Safety Council certified instructors at the Oneida County Traffic Safety Office in Oriskany.
Drivers under the age of 25 are four times more likely to be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident than older drivers. Research shows this is a result of one or a combination of the following factors:
- Lack of awareness of the consequences of risk-taking behavior
- Inexperience with the complexities of driving
- Driving as a social activity
- Peers in the vehicle with the young driver
- Impaired driving
The “Alive at 25” program emphasizes peer pressure and how to manage it. Participants examine the fact that they are in control of their behavior and are provided techniques for keeping control in driving situations. Through interactive video participation and role-playing exercises, they are provided the opportunity to practice making responsible choices.
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 the program to specifically target drivers in this age group. According to the National Safety Council:
- 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
- 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
Participants can be referred by the District Attorney's Office, which uses this course as a sentencing tool for young persons who have had issues with vehicle and traffic laws.
However, the course is open to individuals between 16 and 25 years old, parents who wish to have their children attend can register by calling the Oneida County Traffic Safety Office at 315-736-8943. The cost for the course is $50.00 and is payable by money order only to the Oneida County Department of Traffic Safety.
All classes run from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Oneida County Department of Traffic Safety
120 Airline Drive
Oriskany, New York 13424