GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Automobile accidents are the number one killer of teens. The roadways are a potentially deadly place for teenagers, but preparing them for the dangers of driving may save their life.
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for 14 to 24 year olds, that's according to the National Safety Council.
In Colorado, there were 173 people in that age range killed in car crashes in 2005 and people under 25 have the highest traffic violation rate.
The "Alive at 25" course being offered to teens is an important tool to help keep teens safe behind the wheel. The class is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council and is designed to keep teens safe on the road.
Desiree Lynne is a Palisade High School student, who is working on getting her learner's permit and she's taking the "Alive at 25" class to help her feel more comfortable before she starts driving.
“I want to be prepared just for what’s out there, get an in-depth idea of what will happen [for instance] if a friend of mine is getting drunk or something and wants to go drive and then I'm saying, oh no I saw that in “Alive at 25,” no way," said Lynne.
The course focuses on decision making paradigms that young drivers and passengers display behind the wheel. Carey Cox, the course instructor, says the class has made dramatic increases in reducing fatal injury and serious crashes.
“That's the name of this whole game, prevention," said Cox, "We're here so that the young men and women of our future have the information to make good decisions behind the wheel."
And the course is only taught by traffic safety experts.
“We have people from several different states that have come to our classes to take this class. Sometimes they take it in preparation to get their learners permit and sometimes they take it as a consequence from making decisions that are against the court systems," said Cox.
And for Lynne, she hopes after tonight's course she will walk away feeling ready to practice driving.
“That I will learn more skills and be more confident," said Lynne.
If you missed tonight's "Alive at 25" class there will be another course located at the Colorado State Patrol in Fruita on September 7th and there will also be classes held at other locations around Western Colorado. Just click on the link on this page for the “Alive at 25” website for more information on where classes are being offered.
If you take the course to obtain a driving permit, the class is discounted from 79 dollars to 39.