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In gearing up for National Teen Driver Safety Week, The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is excited to support the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation’s (CSPFF) involvement in the Alive at 25 program. Developed by the National Safety Council, the program is aimed at reducing traffic fatalities among youth.

Research indicates that traffic crashes is the leading cause of death among young adults ages 15-24. Colorado’s version of Alive at 25 combats this statistic by raising awareness of the root causes of the needless fatality crashes that plague this age group: poor decision-making, distractions, inexperience, risk-taking, drugged/drunk driving, speed and the failure to wear a seatbelt.

According to Colonel Lonnie J. Westphal, Executive Director of the Association of Colorado State Patrol Professionals and the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation organization responsible for the program’s statewide implementation, “Individuals who participate in Colorado’s program are 66% less likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle crash as a driver when compared to 2008 NHTSA statistics averaged for the same age group.”

Last year, Alive at 25 graduated more than 12,600 students through their Colorado program, provided more than 190 state and local (municipal) courts with an educational sentencing option and partnered with 12 other state law enforcement agencies.

The program has reached over 175,000 high school students through 205 high school assemblies at 144 Colorado schools. We commend the Colorado State Patrol Family Foundation for their year-round commitment to Teen Driver Safety!