Thousands of people die needlessly each year because drivers continue to use their cell phones while driving, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). In an effort to combat distracted driving, the organization is promoting April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
The goals of the NSC initiative are to encourage people to stop using cell phones while driving and understand the dangers of cognitive distractions to the brain. And locally, The Resource Training Center (TRTC) is on board with its support, offering a program that teaches young drivers to change their approach to driving.
“Alive at 25, offered by TRTC, is a four-hour course that teaches safer driving practices through role playing, workbook exercises, interactive media segments and more,” said TRTC Program Director Monica Farrar. “I have always believed that with education comes change, and this course helps young drivers strive to make good decisions that will keep them safe on the road. It addresses topics such as speeding, cell phone use and texting while driving, aggressive driving, impaired driving and other issues pertinent to young drivers.”
Since 1995, more than 850,000 young adults have learned life-saving defensive driving skills through Alive at 25 training, according to the NSC. The course specifically addresses the number one cause of death for drivers ages 15 to 24 — motor vehicle crashes — and has been adopted by many states and courts for graduated licensing and traffic violator programs.
“We are proud to announce that the Lancaster, Amherst and Town of Tonawanda courts are recognizing the importance of Alive at 25 and are referring drivers to this educational program,” added Farrar. “It is also an outstanding complement to traditional driver ed courses.”
During the course, young adults will learn:
Why drivers ages 15 to 24 often underestimate risks.
• The effects of inexperience, peer pressure and distractions such as cell phones, text messaging, iPods and MP3 players, and GPS units.
The dangers of “kneeing” — or driving with your knees.
State and local driving laws.
Responsibility of passengers.
For more information on Alive at 25, please call 983-2258 or follow The Resource Training Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/The-Resource-Training-Center/112019195650348. TRTC is located at 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst.