With cell phones and text messaging serving as ever-present distractions for young drivers, local authorities hope a new program will teach them how to be safe on the road.
The York County Sheriff's Office and the National Safety Council are supporting and promoting "Alive at 25," a national program created to make sure young drivers make it to their 25th birthday.
The program offers a driving-safety course for drivers between 15 to 24 years old, who are most likely to get involved in an accident due to cell phones and other distractions, Sheriff Bruce Bryant said.
"(The driving-safety course) is a way of making them more aware of the driving hazards," Bryant said. "It's an educational course."
The course will focus on the need for drivers and passengers to make the right decisions when in an automobile. Only certified police officers who have passed a 30-hour specialized training offered by the National Safety Council willteach the driving-safety course.
The sheriff's office provided the place for the officers' training, while money from the sheriff's office, coroner's office and solicitor's office paid for the officers' tuition.
The first class will be at the York County Law Enforcement Training Center, 92 Stoneybrook Drive, York, on July 26 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The first 30 students will have their tuition waived.
"We hope this saves lives," Bryant said.
For more information, visit yorkcounty sheriff.com.