"Alive at 25" Aims to Prevent Fatal Teen Accidents

By Kristin Martin | 

WARREN CO., Ky. (WBKO) -- Students at Warren East High School have been getting life-saving lessons in the classroom this week.

Alive at 25 is a defensive-driving course designed to help reduce the number of deadly accidents among teenagers.

Kentucky State Police, the National Safety Council, and Toyota run the program.

It teaches students how to avoid being distracted while driving, which could lead to accidents.

Police say car wrecks are the number one killer of teens.

"Since we've started Alive at 25 back in 2004 we've seen a fifty percent reduction in our traffic fatalities amongst teenagers." said Trooper Jonathan Biven, the Public Information Officer for Kentucky State Police Post 3.

"The emotional appeal you get from watching one video of bones cracking and what not makes you really think of the consequences for your actions," said Jon Lewis, a Warren East High student.

More than 150 students took part this week, and Kentucky State Police said they hope to eventually reach 11,000 students with the program.

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