ALIVE AT 25

This highly interactive course focuses on the unique challenges faced by young adult/newly licensed drivers ages 15-24.  It is also ideal for young drivers who incur traffic violations.  More than 750,000 teens have benefited from this course. Classes are held at our Hampton location, AT&T Brentwood, MO and Spencer Library Branch St. Charles.  We welcome holding a class at your location~please call us for details.  

Every hour, about 30 teens are injured in motor vehicle crashes involving an inexperienced driver. Each day, 7 teens will die in those collisions. One would hope to see these numbers decrease in light of the technological advancements in the automotive industry. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Missouri numbers for young driver fatalities increase in 2018 by over 10% in looking at a 5-year average, St. Louis County and St. Charles County also had an increase in young driver fatalities.

Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for young adults, and the numbers continue to climb. Teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers age 20 and older to be in a fatal motor vehicle crash.

Inexperience, coupled with risk-taking behavior, means a heightened crash risk for teens. While driver education and graduated driver licensing systems are effective, teens need additional training and guidance to change risky behaviors and improve decision-making skills.

Alive at 25 is a highly interactive 4-hour classroom program that teaches young adults how to make safe, respectful and legal driving decisions. Designed for drivers under age 25, the program compliments national driver education programs, which focus on laws and vehicle handling. Alive at 25 teaches young drivers how to take control of situations by taking personal responsibility for their own actions, attitudes and driving behaviors.

DDC Spotlight

Since South Carolina's Alive at 25 program kicked off in 2007, that state's death toll among drivers 15-24 has dropped 47%. Building from their success with Alive at 25, the South Carolina Chapter of the National Safety Council developed a Zero Hero campaign to emphasize South Carolina's goal to zero traffic fatalities among young drivers.

By year-end 2016, more than 201,000 young adults from 175 high schools will have taken Alive at 25 through the South Carolina Chapter.

The most influential feedback originates from our Alive at 25 students stating 98% would change their driving behavior after taking the course. Alive at 25 educate our young adults in the community empowering them to make good driving decisions and create a positive connection between law enforcement and the students.

The Safety Council of Greater St. Louis aims to replicate this success in the Greater St. Louis area by working in conjunction with area high schools and corporations to bring this nationally recognized program to our young adults. We currently have a grant through MoDOT so we can bring this to you at little or no cost.

Young Adult Drivers Learn

  • Why drivers under 25 often underestimate risks

  • The effect of inexperience, peer pressure, and distractions such as cell phones and texting

  • Adopting safe driving behaviors and practices

  • Responsibility of passengers

Student Materials

Alive at 25 includes a Course Guide and Certificate of Completion. After completion of the course, the participant may provide the certificate to their insurance provider, which may result in a reduced premium.