"Alive at 25" is a driver's awareness course developed by the National Safety Council and focused on young drivers from the ages of 15-24. The course curriculum focuses primarily on these three areas:
- Defensive driving;
- Decision making; and
- Responsibility taking.
The South Carolina Chapter of the National Safety Council runs the "Alive at 25" program within the state and so far has over 79 high schools that are participating. The hard facts illustrated on the website are alarming:
- 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;
- Young drivers are involved in nearly 28% of all crashes, even though they represent only 14% of the nations’ licensed drivers; and
- 172 young drivers in 2010 were killed in vehicle collision in South Carolina.
The Greenville News & Pickens County Courier recently reported that Pickens County School District will require students in the next school year that want to park at the district high schools to complete the "Alive at 25" course before hand. This would encompass the following high schools in the upstate:
- Daniel High School;
- Easley High School;
- Liberty High School;
- Pickens High School; and
- Pickens County Career & Technology Center.
The facts are hard to argue against helping teens in any way make better decisions on the roadways in this state.
Since the implementation of this program in 2007, the state's death toll among drivers 15-24 has dropped by 38%.
Any life saved is worth the $35 for the cost of the course and 4 1/2 hours the program takes to complete. Ask your high school about this course or get a group of friends together and take this course. You never know-it could save your life or the life of someone else.