What about Colorado’s new permit and licensing requirements?
Drivers under 18 are required to hold an instruction permit for at least 12 months prior to getting a driver’s license. An instruction permit allows them to drive when accompanied by a licensed driver ages 21 or older.
When can I obtain my permit?
Colorado residents 15 years old to 18 years old can get an instruction permit.
For a driver to obtain an instruction permit at age 15, they must provide documentation that they have completed a state-approved driver’s education course through a private driving school.
For a driver to obtain an instruction permit at age 15 ½ , they must provide documentation that they have completed 4 ½-hour, state-approved awareness program, like Alive at 25.
Drivers under the age of 25 are four times more likely to be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident than older drivers. Research shows this is a result of one or a combination of the following factors:
- Lack of awareness of the consequences of risk-taking behavior
- Inexperience with the complexities of driving
- Driving as a social activity
- Peers in the vehicle with the young driver
- Impaired driving
The Alive at 25 program helps participants recognize that their casual attitudes toward driving can cause collisions and violations, and encourages them to adopt safer approaches to driving. The program emphasizes peer pressure and how to manage it.
Participants examine the fact that they are in control of their behavior and are provided techniques for keeping control in driving situations. Through interactive video participation and role-playing exercises, they are provided the opportunity to practice making responsible choices.
Who are the instructors?
The Alive at 25 Program is taught by off-duty Douglas County deputies, and officers from other agencies, that truly believe in the importance of this early intervention program designed to prevent driving decisions that can have tragic consequences. These deputies, emotionally impacted by their daily activities which may include responding to crash fatalities caused by inexperienced drivers, are able to relate significant and real-life examples that leave lasting memories.
In an ongoing effort to save lives, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with The Colorado Sate Patrol Family Foundation and the National Safety Council, is offering Alive at 25. This is a 4 ½ -hour program for drivers in the 15-24 age group. The long-term goal is to reduce the number of injuries and collisions incurred by people in this age group.
Although many youths will attend to become eligible to receive their instruction permit at age 15 ½, or because they have incurred a traffic violation, the course is beneficial to all young drivers.
Tuition is $39.00 for students who are taking the class to obtain their driver’s permit and $79.00 for students referred by the DA’s Office or Courts (point reduction/plea bargain/court-ordered.)
Visit Alive@25 to find a class near you. There you can register and pay on-line.