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Albany Co. launches Alive at 25 program

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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 next year.

Currently, the courts using the Alive at 25 program include Cohoes, Coeymans, Ravena, New Scotland, Voorheesville and Albany.

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