ALBANY, N.Y. — Albany
County Stop DWI has launched a new program called Alive at 25 for drivers 15 to
24 years old.
Every time the drivers get
any moving violation, some judges are mandating that those drivers take a four
hour course structured specifically around young drivers.
Sheriff Apple says the
pilot program for Alive at 25 kicked off in 2012.
The $40 fee goes towards
local safe driving initiatives.
“The kids in the cars are
distracted as well. I've pulled up to
people and they're on iPads – it is just crazy and that is in addition to
people putting makeup on and eating cereal, you see it all,” said Apple.
After the first year, 230
young drivers took the course and all but 17 had a clean driving record for the
Currently, the courts using the Alive at 25 program include
Cohoes, Coeymans, Ravena, New Scotland, Voorheesville and Albany.