Distracted Driver Diversion Course

The Distracted Driver Diversion Course was developed to help lower crashes caused by people using cell phones and electronic devices while driving. . The course is impactful presentation that can change attitudes and cause drivers to make a decision to stop using electronic devices while driving. In fact, attendees often become advocates who encourage their family, friends and coworkers not to use electronic devices while driving. The course is offered to persons who have been ticketed in the Town of New Castle for a distracted driving offense. While no promises or commitments are being extended, completion of this one-hour course prior to your pre-trial conference date will be given favorable consideration in determining whether, and to what extent, any plea bargain may be offered to you.

Each paid registrant will be permitted to bring one family member or friend to the presentation. The Distracted Driving Diversion Course is effective at changing driving behavior. Bringing a loved one with you to the course, will help them be a safer driver. Guests will not be provided with a certificate of attendance.

At the end of this one-hour course your receipt will be stamped to verify your attendance. You will present this validated receipt to the prosecutor at you upcoming pre-trial conference. Knowing that you have taken this important step against distracted driving may be looked on favorably in reaching a plea agreement which could result in a lower fine and less points on your driver’s license.

 

Cost:  $30 in advance (at least 24 hours before start of course) / $40 at the door. BE SURE TO BRING YOUR PAID RECIEPT WITH YOU TO THE COURSE.

Online Registration:  Go to www.ncpd.info/course   You will need to register with Community Pass to complete the Online payment.  

In Person Payment:  Cash only payments accepted between 9AM – 2PM Mon – Fri  at the New Castle Police Department, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY. Registration questions please call 914-238-7292.

Location:   Chappaqua Performing Arts Center, 480 Bedford Road, Chappaqua, NY   Directions

 

Distracted Driver Diversion Course Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Distracted Driver Diversion Course?

The Distracted Driver Diversion Course was developed to help lower crashes caused by people using cell phones and electronic devices while driving. . The course is impactful presentation that can change attitudes and cause drivers to make a decision to stop using electronic devices while driving. In fact, attendees often become advocates who encourage their family, friends and coworkers not to use electronic devices while driving.


My ticket was not issued in New Castle. Can I attend anyway?

No. At this time only drivers who are ticketed in the Town of New Castle and have tickets returnable in the Town of New Castle Court can attend.

 

How can the Distracted Driver Course lower the number of Crashes?

The fines and points associated with traffic tickets are an important part of keeping roads safe. Education is another and often more effective way to change driving behaviors. The Distracted Driver Diversion Program is impactful presentation that can change attitudes and cause drivers to make a decision to stop using electronic devices while driving. In fact, attendees often become advocates who encourage their family, friends and coworkers not to use electronic devices while driving.

 

Will my ticket be dismissed if I attend?

At the end of the course you will be provided with a certificate of attendance. You will present this certificate to the prosecutor at your upcoming pre-trial conference. Knowing that you have taken this important step against distracted driving may be looked on favorably in reaching a plea agreement which could mean a lower fine and less points.

 

How do I register to attend?

The registration fee for the course is $30 when paid in advance, $40 cash at the door. In order to get this reduced fee you must complete the registration at least one day prior to the date you want to attend.

ONLINE: The registration fee for the course is $30 when paid in advance, $40 cash at the door. In order to get this reduced fee you must complete the registration at least one day prior to the date you want to attend.  You can register Online using the Towns Online payment system. When paying Online you will need to create an account with Community Pass. Go to the Online Payment Form.

IN PERSON: You can also register in person between 10am and 2pm at the New Castle Police Department, 200 South Greeley Avenue in Chappaqua.  Cash only.

AT THE DOOR: You can register at the door with a cash payment of $40.00.

 

What if I cannot attend on the date I have registered for?

The course fee is not refundable. If necessary you can reschedule to take the course on another date. It is IMPORTANT that you know that rescheduling the course date does not change your assigned court date. You are still responsible to attend your court proceeding on the date assigned by the court.

 

 

Why do you allow attendees to being a friend or family member for free?

Each paid registrant will be permitted to bring one family member or friend to the presentation. These guests will not be provided with any documentation of attendance. The Distracted Driving Diversion Course is effective at changing driving behavior. Everyone can benefit from this course. Bringing a loved one with you to the course, will help them be a safer driver.