Victoria College offers pilot “Alive at 25” driver’s awareness course in Calhoun County

Sherre Clegg, VC Calhoun County manager

Victoria College and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with Deputy Kevin Cotton of the Texas Alive Team are offering a pilot of the “Alive at 25” program in Calhoun County on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the VC Calhoun County Center. The half-day program begins at 9 a.m.

Alive at 25 is a driver's awareness course designed by the National Safety Council for young drivers ages 15 to 24. The first year for a newly licensed teenage driver is the most dangerous, with more than one in five involved in crashes. Results show that program graduates experienced a more than 72 percent decrease in crash fatalities.

“Young drivers face different challenges on the road,” said Deputy Cotton of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. “This program is about teaching them how to make their own decisions when it comes to driving safely.”

Course content includes defensive driving techniques that will help young drivers gain awareness and develop strategies to keep safe on the road.  Decision-making and responsibility-taking are also emphasized through interactive media, workbook exercises, role-playing and class discussions.

“We encourage these kids to be honest about what distracts them while driving and talk about how to make decisions that will keep them safe,” said Cotton. 

Sandra Witte, a member of the VC Calhoun County Center’s Advisory Committee, heard of the “Alive at 25” program and helped bring this pilot program to Calhoun County.

“As the mother of a teenage daughter who is driving, I am among a number of local parents who are very excited about this program to help keep our kids safe on the roads,” said Witte.

Witte has also spoken with Justice of the Peace Hope Kurtz, Precinct #1, and Justice of the Peace James W. Duckett, Precinct #2, and both have agreed to direct juvenile offenders to the program.

“If the pilot on October 20 gets a minimum of 10 participants, we can look into getting local officers trained to administer this program on a regular basis,” said Sherre Clegg, manager of the VC Calhoun County Center.

According to Deputy Cotton, the “Alive at 25” program now counts as double community service hours and will qualify participants for discounts on parking permits and auto insurance.

For more details about the pilot program, call the VC Calhoun County Center at (361) 553-4316. To register, visit The VC Calhoun County Center class is listed in the left-hand menu. For the free class, select the option that says “I will send payment by check/I am requesting a scholarship.”

Published: Thursday, 11 October 2012

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