As of next fall, all students in York County high schools seeking to park on their respective campus must now take part in the Alive at 25 driver training program.
The Clover School District was the last of four districts to establish the requirement, making York County the first in the state to require the program.
Clover School District spokesman Mychal Frost says the Alive at 25 program bridges the gap between Drivers’ Ed and real-life situations and the program is swiftly expanding.
Frost says recent deaths of students in the community have also prompted the program.
Clover’s adoption of the program comes with the help of a $10,500 grant from Continental Tire. The grant makes it possible for 300 students to complete the course this fall at no cost.
The program is a 4.5-hour course taught on a Saturday next fall at the county’s law enforcement training center.
And after that grant dries up, the program will cost $35 per student — but Frost says that will not keep any needy families from taking part.
The National Safety Council reports drivers aged 15-24 make up 14 percent of all drivers, but account for 27 percent of all collisions — resulting in 161 deaths as a result of those collisions in 2011.