Isothermal Community College

Continuing Education

Safe Driving Class

Got a traffic ticket, but don’t want your insurance rates to go up?

Don't let that ticket ruin your driving record. The District Attorney, Clerk of Court, and Judges want us to be safer drivers.

If you have been charged with a minor traffic violation in the 29th Judicial District (McDowell and Rutherford) or other counties in North Carolina honoring the National Safety and Health Council's Defensive Driving Program, you may elect to have it reduced by the District Attorney.

Isothermal Community College offers the Defensive Driving Program. through the National Safety Council of NC which trains motorists in the principles of safe driving.

Who Can Enroll in Safe Driving Class?

If You Have A Ticket For One Of The Following:

  • Speeding**
  • Driving left of center
  • Failing to burn headlamps
  • Motorcycle violations
  • Driving without both headlights
  • Red light violation
  • Crossing median
  • Following too close
  • Too fast for conditions
  • Exceeding a safe speed
  • Stop sign violation
  • Unsafe movement
  • Wrong way on dual lane
  • Wrong way on one-way road
  • City code violations
  • Leaving vehicle unattended
  • Exceeding posted limit
  • Failing to yield right-of-way
  • Failing to stop for RR warning
  • Failure to dim headlights
  • Failure to give turn signal
  • Improper passing
  • Speed less than minimum Improper use of traffic lane
  • Overloading violations
  • Failing to reduce speed

**Speed Zones 35 mph or less (up to 20 mph over limit)
Speed Zones 40 mph or more (up to 15 mph over limit)

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER at Isothermal Community College Continuing Education Office

Foundation Building (1st Floor), Spindale Campus or you can pre-register by phone with a credit or debit card.

(828) 395-1410
We accept Visa and Master Card only over the phone, and accept cash or check on campus.

Pre-registration Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

4-Hour Class Schedule: Weekly

Wednesday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Alive at 25 Class Schedule:
(Only for ages 16—21 years)

Thursday: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Second and Fourth Thursday of each month

8-Hour Class Schedule:
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Last Saturday of each month

You Will Need the Following To Pre-Register:

  • Your traffic citation
  • Your driver's license
  • Your social security number
  • Cash, credit card, or money order made payable to Isothermal Community College.
    Costs: $50 for 4-hour; $75 for 8-hour

After Completing the Course:

You will enter into a written Plea Agreement and plead guiltyto driving with improper equip.m.ent.
The Plea Agreement will be signed atthe time of registration.

Pay court cost of $188 and $50 fine to the Clerk of Court after completing the class, totalling $238.

For more information, call(828) 395-1410 or email

These classes are offered through the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina