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ALIVE AT 25
2/9/2012

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office through Alive at 25 and public awareness, is dedicated to reducing injuries, deaths, human suffering and economic loss caused by vehicle crashes for people between the ages of 15-24. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to having safer, better prepared young drivers. 

 
Each year nearly 6,000 teens are killed in car accidents. More than 330,000 young drivers are injured in traffic collisions. Young drivers are involved in fatal crashes at over twice the rate as the rest of the population. Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving at an unsafe speed is the most common error in fatal collisions. About 49% of all crashes involving young drivers are alcohol related. 
 
The Alive at 25 program is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council and is designed to prevent the number one killer of teens. The class is taught by off duty Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers. It includes Risk Identification, Interactive Video Participation, Experience Sharing with Peers, Role-Playing in various driving situations, and driving law review. 
 
In preparation for this program the Sheriff’s Office and the School District partnered to send Corporal Allen Russell to the Instructor school in 2011. Corporal Russell is now one of the only 139 statewide certified instructors. 
 
Beginning February 11th the program will be offered to young drivers throughout Lancaster County. Details can be found at www.scaliveat25.org
 
  
Sheriff Faile said “We are very excited to participate in this program. We are happy that Corporal Russell will be working to educate our young drivers. Through this partnership we are hopeful that our young drivers will be safer when they hit the streets.” 
 
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