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Safe Driving Course

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

The District Attorney & District Court Judges Want You to be a Safe Driver!

If you have been charged with one of the traffic violations listed below, the Safe Driving Program may prevent assessment of insurance points or premium surcharges on your policy and/or points on your North Carolina driver’s license.** This program is made available by the 29A Judicial District (McDowell and Rutherford Counties). To receive these benefits you must complete the 4-hour Defensive Driving Course (Drivers aged 16– 24 will take Alive at 25) and pay the court costs and fines at least two working days before your court date. >There are some situations when points may still go on your insurance. Check with your insurance agency with any questions.<

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 (15 over up to 65 mph)
  • Motorcycle Only Violations
  • Crossing Median
  • Failing to Reduce Speed
  • Exceeding a Safe Speed
  • Wrong Way on Dual Lane
  • City Code Violation
  • Failing to Stop for RR Warning
  • Failing to Give Turn Signal
  • Driving Left of Center
  • Driving Without Two Headlights
  • Following Too Close
  • Stop Sign Violation
  • Wrong Way on One-Way Road
  • Leaving Vehicle Unattended
  • Failing to Dim Headlights
  • Overloading Violation
  • Improper Use of Traffic Lane
  • Failing to Burn Headlamps
  • Red Light Violation
  • Unsafe Movement
  • Failing to Yield Right-of-Way
  • Exceeding Posted Limit
  • Speed Less Than Minimum
  • ***Improper Passing ***

(See Note Below)

NOTE: Unlawfully Pass Emergency Vehicle, Reckless Driving, & Talking/Texting while Driving Citations— Need Permission Form , No Exceptions

NOTE: More than 15 MPH and above in any zone has to have a permission form, no exceptions! Any speed Greater than 80 MPH requires Permission Form from District Attorneys Office.

***NOTE: Improper Passing Age 25 and Up ***8 hour course only*** - Needs Permission Form

Ages 16—24 *** Alive @25 only*** - Needs Permission Form

Pre-registration Hours:

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER at Isothermal Community College Continuing Education Office located in the Foundation Building (1st Floor), Spindale Campus or you can pre-register by phone with a credit or debit card.

For more information, call (828) 395-1476 or email LaRae Varela
We accept Visa and Master Card only over the phone, and accept cash or check on campus.

We are open: Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

You will need the following information to register for this course:

  • Your traffic citation
  • Your driver's license
  • Your social security number
  • Cash, credit card, or money order made payable to Isothermal Community College.

    Costs: $65 for 4-hour; $65 for Alive at 25, $85 for 8-hour

  • 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—24 years)

    Tuesday: 4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Select Tuesdays each month

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

After completing the course:

You will enter into a written Plea Agreement and plead guilty to driving with improper equipment.
The Plea Agreement will be signed at the time of registration.

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

For more information, call (828) 395-1476 or email LaRae Varela

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

Contact for information

LaRae Varela
Lifelong Learning Support