Safety and Health Council of North Carolina Defensive Driving Program

A non-profit association preventing injury through
safety education and training since 1960!

Everyone knows that traffic tickets can result in court appearances, fines, and higher insurance costs. However, you may have additional options in Mecklenburg, Wake, and select other North Carolina counties that can save you money while improving your driving. Since 1989 our Safe Driving Program has provided drivers with potential reductions on a traffic violation in exchange for completing the 4-hour National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course.

Charlotte, NC

Mecklenburg County Citation

4 Hour    8 Hour    Alive At 25   safeTEEN Behind-The-Wheel

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Call 704.644.4201

online registration for a Defensive Driving Course!

DDC 4 Hour Defensive Driving Course

The good news is that the Mecklenburg County District Attorney and Judges recognize the 4-hour Defensive Driving Course as an alternative to traditional prosecution for eligible traffic citations. Choosing to complete one four-hour course could be in your best interest to:

  • Avoid Insurance Points and a Premium Increase
  • Avoid Court Appearance
  • Avoid Points on your North Carolina Driver’s License

The most common eligible violations for this program are:

  • SPEEDING in 40mph zone or more (up to 15mph over limit)              Example: 70mph in 55mph zone
  • SPEEDING in 35mph zone or less (up to 20mph over limit)             Example: 55mph in 35mph zone
  • SPEEDING in a School Zone
  • Stop Sign or Red Light Violation
  • Improper Turn
  • Unsafe Movement

Defensive Driving Program Courses

safeTEEN Driving Academy Driving School


Alive at 25 driving class



4 hour defensive driving course for tickets



8 hour driving class for tickets/citations