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U of M’s Defensive Driving Program is Honored by National Safety Council

For release: November 12, 2012
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901-678-2843

At the National Safety Council’s Congress and Exposition in Orlando, Fla., in October, the Defensive Driving Course offered through the University of Memphis, Alive at 25, received a Best Performance Award for 2011. This is the fifth year the U of M program has been so honored.

During the past year, Alive at 25 was taught to 3,550 high school students in Shelby County. Participating schools included Bartlett, Bolton, Collierville, Germantown and Houston public high schools, as well as private schools Briarcrest Christian, CBHS, Fayette Academy, Lausanne, MUS, St. Agnes, St. Benedict, St. Mary’s and Tipton Rosemark. The program is also used by the Traffic Division of the Shelby County Juvenile Court.

The program discusses decisions that students make while driving or riding in a motor vehicle. It also talks about the effects of alcohol or drug use, peer pressure, speeding and other unsafe driving practices. The study of state and local laws is also a part of the Alive at 25 curriculum. Probably the most important facet of the course is the emphasis that every decision has a consequence.

The course is offered by the University of Memphis through the National Safety Council. It is taught by a licensed certified instructor from the U of M.

For more information about Alive at 25, either as an individual class or as a program for a school, call 901-678-6000.


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