108th Safety Office Conducts Innuagural Course

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"When I was a boy of fourteen, my
father was so ignorant I could hardly
stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be twenty-one, I was
astonished at how much he had
learned in seven years." -Mark
Time and experience can be a
great teacher as Mark Twain found
out. The National Safety Council has
developed a Defensive Driving
Course, "Alive at 25®" to help
younger drivers. According to the
council, although young drivers
represent only 6.5 percent of the
nation's licensed drivers, they are
involved in 12.2 percent of fatal
The 108th Air Refueling Wing
Safety Office recently conducted
the first Alive at 25® course by an
Air Guard unit. This four hour
course developed for drivers in the 16-
24 year age group has the goal of
reducing the number of injuries and
collisions that happen to people in this
age group.
The course focus is on persuading
attendees to take personal
responsibility for their behavior in
driving situations and to adopt safe
driving practices. Instructors
emphasize things such as: why they
often underestimate risk, effects of
peer pressure, distractions (cell
phones, texting, and other devices
in a car), responsibilities of
passengers and more.
Dawn Brindle of the National
Guard Bureau congratulated the
instructors for their initiative.
"It's always a welcomed
opportunity to interact with young
people. This class gave me great
personal satisfaction knowing that
we were able to give them the tools
they need to make responsible
driving decisions," said instructor
Denis Dzurinko."