"Alive at 25," the name of a national driver safety program, reflects some grim statistics.
In the United States, the risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group. Teen drivers in that age group are four times more likely than older drivers to crash, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two out of five deaths among U.S. teens come as a result of a traffic accident, and each year about 5,000 American teens die of injuries caused by accidents.
Thus, it is no surprise that young drivers are the focus of "Alive at 25," a program designed to help make sure they make it to their 25th birthday. The program is supported locally by the York County Sheriff's Office, which will sponsor a driver safety class for young drivers on Saturday at the York County Law Enforcement Training Center, 92 Stoneybrook Drive, York, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The course, which is open to drivers ages 15 to 24, will offer tips on safe-driving techniques. But it also will deal with common distractions for young drivers, such as cell-phone use. The course will be taught by officers who have passed a 30-hour specialized training session offered by the National Safety Council.
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Attending this course can only increase one's odds of avoiding poor decisions and the consequences. It also might just help some young people make it to their 25th birthdays.
For more information, visit yorkcountysheriff.com.