Defensive Driving

Defensive Driving Courses offered through O.L.D. School Of Driving

Next Defensive Driving Class: June 24 | 8am – 2pm at Coors Westside Location

nmdds-logoNew Mexico Defensive Drivers Schools have been one of the states long lasting partners in the field of Driver Safety programs. This organization has emphasized teaching classes in Driver Safety, Driver Improvement, Defensive Driving and Driver Education throughout the last ten years. This organization is now offering classes in the area of Aggressive Driving, Seatbelt/Air bag and Child restraint programs. The State of New Mexico has one of the highest motor vehicle fatality rates in the nation proving the need for emphasizing education in the fields of aggressive driving, seatbelts, air bags and child restraints. Participants will leave classes with the knowledge of reducing aggressive driving tendencies, as well as the need of wearing seatbelts and the effect of air bags. Drivers will also gain proper child restraint knowledge.

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THE NEED FOR AN AGGRESSIVE DRIVING PROGRAM

What is Aggressive driving? We have all experienced that annoying car that seems to be in too big a hurry which is weaving in and out of traffic and tailgating us. Maybe you have been the other person? Many people seem polite and courteous at home or work, but they change dramatically when they get in their vehicle. Some drivers turn their vehicle into extension of their inner self and personality. We must accept that Aggressive driving has become one of the biggest problems on our roads today. Aggressive driving is a traffic offense or combination of offenses such as: Tailgating, Speeding, Driving slow, Improper lane positioning, Evasive lane changes, Drag racing, Exhibition driving, Failure to signal, Failure to yield right of way, Disregarding traffic controls, Impaired driving, Cell phone use, Aggressive horn use, Blocking Traffic, Careless driving, Road rage and Reckless driving highlighted by a controllable emotion.

PROGRAM GOALS

The goal if this alternative sentencing program is to provide the offender with the proper information regarding their involvement in an aggressive driving incident. This course will also provide a different aspect for the driver and it will also signify the importance of self help! A driver should also be able to understand the importance of not being so aggressive while operating a motor vehicle; the offender will also learn that they are the only person whom can control their behavior out on the roadway. As a driver, a person sentenced to this program will be educated as an aggressive driver, and learn that they should make their own decisions and not give up control of their vehicle to other drivers or to random emotions! Aggressive drivers will also benefit with the ability to understand the consequences of poor driving decisions which can range from a traffic violation to an injury, a crash or even possibly a fatality for them or an innocent driver. Individuals sentenced to this program will also be observed behind the wheel in their own vehicle for an additional hour where driving tendencies and reactions will be documented..

PROGRAM BENEFITS

This alternative sentencing program will create a positive perception and can be more effective than traditional finesand punishment. This program will be a fair and appropriate alternative for a violation.

This class will be generalized and directed to the individual aggressive driving violation, other than the generalDriver Safety course which is broader. This class will provide specific interactive education in the field of aggressive driving in a three hour format which will also include an hour of driving observation.

After attending this course, neither the citation nor the violation will be reflected on the violators driving record.

WHAT VIOLATIONS APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?

Offenders that have committed any of the following criminal acts may be sentenced to attend the “An Aggressive Driving” Program (including but not limited to):

  • Aggressive drivers Repeat offenders (already attended D.I then receives another violation)
  • Excessive speeders
  • Reckless drivers
  • Careless drivers
  • Intoxicated drivers
  • Eluding/Evading a Police Officer
  • Negligent use of a vehicle
  • Frequent or Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Disregarding traffic controls

ANY TRAFFIC OFFENSE

The court has the discretion to sentence offenders to this alternative sentencing program based on the courts belief that the offender and public will benefit from this program regardless of the offense.


Check List For Defensive Class

  • Court – Paperwork
  • Notebook 8.5 x11
  • Pencil or Pen