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The Pocatello Police Department is offering the innovative defensive driving course “Alive at 25” to young drivers. The free class is open to drivers 15 to 24 years of age and will be on Saturday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Pocatello Police training room at 911 N. 7th Avenue in Pocatello. While there is no charge for the training, participants must register online in advance at idsafedriver.org.
“The goal of the course is to teach safe driving practices to the age group that is most likely to be involved in an accident,” states Officer Kristen Matthews. “We are very excited to be able to offer this course in Pocatello.”
Research shows drivers under the age of 25 are four times more likely to be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident than older drivers. This is a result of one or a combination of factors such as risky driving behavior, inexperience, impaired driving, distraction and speeding.
This course helps young drivers learn and adopt safe driving practices, take responsibility for personal behavior in various driving situations and be more aware of typical driving hazards. The course will consist of group discussions, role-playing, short lectures and workbook exercises that help drivers develop strategies that will keep them safer on the road.
This free course is being taught by two former school resource officers, Officer Matthews and First Class Officer Kevin Nielsen. Matthews and Nielsen are among the few officers in the state of Idaho trained to teach this course. The “Alive at 25” program is offered in cooperation with the Idaho Transportation Department, the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation and the National Safety Council.
Since the class fills up quickly, this course will be offered again on Saturday, December 30.