NYSAC Drivers’ Safety Program

The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the New York Safety Program today announced a major program to promote driver safety in New York State.“Each year we have more and more cars on our roadways and we have an obligation to do what we can to improve driver safety and reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents,” said NYSAC President Thomas J. Santulli, Chemung County Executive. “That’s why we have expanded our program so that more New York drivers have the tools to prevent needless accidents and save money on their insurance costs.”The new 6-hour defensive driving class was recently approved by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for online participation. Now county employees and their families can take the course anytime from anywhere over the World Wide Web. They have one month to complete the 6-hour class once they register. For more information or to register for the course, visit http://www.nysac.org/nysafetyprogram.php.“This new program brings driver safety training into the 21st Century,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. “Through technology we have moved the mark in promoting driver safety. This Internet-based defensive driver curriculum is top notch and will serve as a model in the industry.” Participants who complete the defensive driving class are eligible for a 10% discount on collision and liability insurance for three years. In addition, for drivers who have speeding tickets within the past 18 months, the class can take up to 4 points off their DMV driving record.“Clearly, this is a win-win-win for the driver, for the public as insurance costs go down, and for those traveling on our roadways. We encourage all New Yorker’s to take advantage of this new opportunity,” said Santulli.Since 1991, NYSAC and the New York Safety Program have teamed up to provide a classroom advanced driver safety program to county employees and their families.The New York State Association of Counties is a bipartisan municipal association serving all 62 counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

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