center for defensive driving

501(c)(3) nonprofit # 47-4854984

Mission Statement

Our primary mission is human development in the States of Oregon and Washington. We do that in two ways:

1. We give presentations at high schools on teen driver safety, rail safety and drugs/alcohol/DUI.

2. We have a registered therapy dog named Stella. Stella visits schools, nursing homes and hospitals to cheer up children, patients, visitors and staff.

We reached 12,000 people last year.

Safe Driving Quiz

1.    How many people died in traffic collisions in 2016, in the U.S.? 37,000.

2.     At what speed will a car kill a pedestrian? 45 MPH.

3.     What is the limit for D.U.I. of alcohol for a person over 21? .08% B.A.C.

4.     What is the seat belt usage percentage in the U.S.? 91%

5.     How many people die every year in crashes, in the U.S., because they were not properly seat belted? 10,000.

6.     What is the number one killer of young people ages 15-20? Traffic collisions.

7.     What is distracted driving? Anything inside/outside the car that causes the driver to lose focus on safe driving.

8.     Yellow traffic lights last how long? 3 seconds.

9.     When does a pedestrian have the right of way? When they are in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.

10. What is the best way to back up? By turning in your seat and looking behind you.

 Two assignments:

 1.     Go to and watch a crash test video. Read about who they are and what they do. Who funds them? How does society benefit from their work? What do they do? What are they looking for in a crash test?

 2.     Write a paper on alcohol poisoning. In the first paragraph define the term. Then write about a college student who died from alcohol poisoning. Describe the case in detail.

Drugs/Alcohol Quiz 

1.   Is cocaine a stimulant or a depressant? Stimulant.

2.   Is cocaine physically or psychologically addicting? Psychologically.

3.   Is heroin a stimulant or a depressant? Depressant.

4.   Is heroin physically or psychologically addicting? Physically.

5.   Is methamphetamine a stimulant or a depressant? Stimulant.

6.  Is methamphetamine physically or psychologically addicting? Psychologically.

7.   Is alcohol a stimulant or a depressant? Depressant.

8.   Is alcohol physically or psychologically addicting? Physically.

9.   Is it smart to share hypodermic syringes with other people? No.

10. Why not share needles? Bloodborne infections/infected heart valves.

11. If it is dangerous to share needles, why do people do it? They want to get high.

12. What are the three common ways people ingest cocaine, heroin and meth? Smoking, snorting, injecting.

 Two assignments: 

1.     Write a paper on addiction. What is physical vs. psychological addiction? Why is it hard to quit once addicted? Do addiction treatment programs work for everyone? Why not?

2.     Write a paper on a drug. Where does the drug come from? How is it used? Is it addictive? What is the drug’s history? What is the affect on the human body? Is there a medicinal use for the drug historically?