Officials with local high schools are taking driving seriously and they are taking the driving careers of their students seriously, too. They’re requiring all driving students to complete a defensive driving course before they’re granted on-campus parking privileges.
Alive at 25 is the program helping to teach these drivers safe habits behind the wheel and it’s working to reduce the risks of accidents in North Carolina. It focuses on defensive driving habits and the importance of making safe decisions, according to Herald Online. These young drivers need all the help they can get as they don’t have a lot of experience behind the wheel, making them extremely likely to get into an accident.
Sabrina Gast, York County coroner, says that she sees far too many teen accidents every year and some of the most common causes are unnecessary, like distracted driving and driving under the influence.
Our Rock Hill accident lawyers understand that car accidents are the leading cause of death for this young age group. It’s important that we catch them early and teach them safe and responsible driving habits. What they learn now will be used for the rest of their driving career. Let’s teach them early and equip them with the tools they need to stay safe out there. If we’ve got to dangle their parking privileges above their head to get them to listen up then so be it.
At three high schools in Rock Hill, driving students will not be allowed to park on campus until they complete the 4 and a half hour defensive driving class, Alive at 25. The course will cost each student only $35. School officials are offering scholarships for any student who can’t afford it.
Starting in July, the class will be offered three times a month. Students have to take it once before the 19th of January or they will not be permitted to purchase a parking pass.
Participating Area Schools:
-Applied Technology Center
-Fort Mill County
Each year, about 11,000 teenagers die in traffic accidents. Close to 4,000 of them are drivers between the ages of 15- and 20-years-old. In the state of South Carolina, there were more than 160 teen drivers killed in traffic accidents.
The defensive driving course is taught by off-duty law enforcement officers and teaches these young drivers about the risks associated with not wearing a seat belt, speeding, eating behind the wheel, talking on phones, text messaging and drunk driving. Parents are urged to get in on it, too. Talk with your teen at home about the dangers they face on our roads. Make sure they know what’s expected of them behind the wheel.
“It’s a worthwhile time investment for students,” said Al Leonard, South Pointe High Principal.
Contact the Rock Hill injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today if you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident in the Carolinas. Our firm offers free and confidential consultations to discuss the cases and the rights of accident victims. Call 800-887-1965 today!
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Teen Car Accidents in Greensboro & Benefits of a Comprehensive GDL Program, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, June 17, 2012