‘Alive at 25’ Teaches Growing Number of Students About Safe Driving


Not long before Corey Murphy became principal of Beaufort High School in South Carolina in July, two students were killed and a third seriously injured in a car crash. Murphy decided it was time for an “intervention,” says USA Today. From that point on, students who wanted to be able to park their cars at the school would be required to take a driving safety course called Alive at 25, developed by the National Safety Council. Beaufort High became one of 103 South Carolina schools to offer the course — one of 25 new ones this year and one of 72 that require it for parking privileges.

A growing number of other states offer it: Nearly 2,000 students have taken the class in Oklahoma since 2008 and at least three high schools within the past year have started requiring it for parking permits. Schools in Colorado, New Jersey, North Carolina, Illinois and New York also post messages on their websites notifying students that they’ll have to take the class to get a parking permit. More than 60,000 students in South Carolina have gone through the 4½-hour program since February 2007, and the number of highway deaths of drivers in the 15-24 age group has fallen from 278 to 168 by 2011, though not all of that decline can be attributed to Alive at 25.

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