The Harker Heights Municipal Court, along with a nonprofit multi-agency team of law enforcement professionals called the Texas Alive Team, is bringing a survival course for young drivers to Bell County starting Jan. 26.
The course, called Alive at 25, is for 15- to 24-year-old drivers and focuses on teaching important decision-making skills for staying safe behind the wheel. It also touches on other issues such as drugs and alcohol.
Municipal Court Administrator Julie Helsham said she began coordinating with the Texas Alive Team in November, after she noticed that Bell County did not have anything like Alive at 25 to offer young drivers. Although she had a hand in bringing the class to Harker Heights, the municipal court will not be involved in the training.
“The only part we had in it was, basically, getting them to come here,” she said, adding that the Texas Alive Team training director, Deputy Kevin Cotton of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, will lead classes.
Alive at 25 is a video-based four-hour class developed by the National Safety Council that teaches good decision-making for drivers and passengers in motor vehicles, according to the Texas Alive Team website.
“It’s hands-on training,” Helsham said. “Their main purpose is to get the kids, or anyone below 25, educated.”
Lt. Loretta Fox of the Harker Heights Police Department said the course will be good for the community. “I think young drivers need all the help they can get.”
The National Safety Council reports that drivers who complete Alive at 25 are 72 percent less likely to be killed in a car crash than their peers who have not taken the course.
The cost to register for the class is $25, but scholarships are available. The course will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail.
To register or for more information, go to texasaliveteam.org.