Together, we can stop risky driving

     Every student who wants to park on campus next fall must complete Alive At 25 – a course offered only on Saturdays.
     This requirement is part of a school district effort to help our students realize how deadly things like texting while driving and speeding can be.
     Our county – like many counties across our state – has seen too many young drivers injured or killed in traffic accidents. These accidents have prompted our district to look for ways to help our young drivers stop behaviors that increase their chances of accidents.
     Following extensive research, we found one of the most successful programs in the country – Alive At 25.
     • This program
          – focuses on correcting negative tendencies of young drivers such as texting while driving, speeding and other inattentive behaviors.
          – discusses the dangers and consequences of alcohol and drug use while operating a motor vehicle.
          – focuses strictly on high-risk behaviors of the 15 to 25 age group and not on driving mechanics, unlike a driver’s education course.
          – was designed and is administered by the National Safety Council out of its Columbia office.
     • The course
          – is 4.5 hours in length and is taught by a certified police officer.
          – will be offered on Saturdays throughout the year at school sites around our county.
          – costs $35.
     • Students can view class dates and register on the National Safety Council website – www.scnsc.org or www.scaliveat25.org.
          – The school district does not process registrations for the class.
          – All payments for the class should be sent to the South Carolina National Safety Council, 121 Ministry Drive, Irmo, SC 29063. None of the money collected goes to the school district. All of the fees go to the National Safety Council to cover course costs.
     • Any student who has a financial hardship is eligible for a scholarship for the course, please contact the South Carolina National Safety Council at (803) 732-6778 to request a scholarship application.
     • No student will ever be denied access because of lack of financial resources.
     • Click here to watch a video with more information on Alive At 25.
     Remember, beginning in Fall 2012, we will require every student to supply proof they completed the Alive At 25 course before they can buy a parking pass at any high school in our county. If students do not complete Alive At 25, they will NOT be allowed to park on school grounds, and we WILL have cars towed that are parked illegally.
     Together, we can make a real difference in the driving of our youth, and we believe these changes can be a huge factor in reducing the tragic accidents young drivers too often experience. Thank you for supporting this effort.
               Sincerely,
               Superintendent Gene Moore,