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Common Questions and Answers about Safety Education classes

What is the Point and Insurance Reduction Program?

The Point & Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) is also known as the Defensive Driving Course or Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course. It is a comprehensive driver safety course which provides knowledge and techniques for safe and lawful driving. It is available throughout New York State through private companies or corporations, called "course sponsors," that are approved by DMV. Each course must meet strict standards for the type of information presented and program effectiveness.  Cross County Safety Education is an apporved  course sponsor.




What are the benefits of taking a Defensive Driving/Accident Prevention course?

When you complete an approved defensive driving class your driving knowledge will be refreshed you can reduce up to 4 points from your NYS DMV driving record (learn about the NYS driver point system)you will receive a 10% reduction of the base rate of your auto and motorcycle insurance premiums each year for three years.  Completion of a defensive driving/accident prevention course does not prevent a mandatory suspension or revocation eliminate your responsibility to pay a driver responsibility assessment give you a way to reduce future driver violation points


How long is a classroom course?

The traditional classroom course is presented in one or more sessions and includes 320 minutes of instruction. Essential information about traffic safety issues such as driver attitude and behavior, defensive driving techniques, and the Vehicle & Traffic Law must be presented in each course. No formal testing is required to complete the course. How much does the course cost?  The fee for both the classroom and alternative delivery methods vary for each provider. Contact the provider directly to find out the course fee.

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