Making an Impact with Defy Colorado

Defy Colorado

DriveSafe is proud to announce our partnership with Defy Colorado, an organization that helps individuals with criminal backgrounds discover entrepreneurial and career opportunities. Understanding that the road to re-entering society after incarceration is not easy, Defy Colorado’s program helps both men and women, referred to in the program as Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs), develop skills that will help them succeed both professionally and personally. 

For many individuals, having a drivers license is essential, both in terms of accessing reliable transportation and in leveraging the ability to drive as a way to open up more career opportunities where the skill is required. However, many people who are released from prison re-enter their communities without any financial safety set, and the cost of restoring or earning their licenses often makes it difficult for them to become licensed drivers. 

This is why DriveSafe has pledged to donate 20 road tests to EITs who graduate from Defy Colorado’s program. Speaking on why the program resonated with DriveSafe’s mission, CEO Ben Baron stated, “We recognize the challenges individuals face when trying to reintegrate into society after a period of incarceration. We also know how important it can be not only to get a drivers license but also to be able to drive safely and responsibly. We’re honored to do our small part in helping individuals like Nick prepare for their future.”


With this sentiment in mind, we are happy to announce that Nick Scofield has become the first EIT to take and pass the road test with us! You can read about the inspiring experience from Nick’s firsthand account posted on the Defy Colorado blog, which can be found here.

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BEHIND THE WHEEL TRAINING

The behind the wheel experience includes:

  • A basic skills refresher (identifying and addressing any bad habits)
  • Defensive skills maneuvers
  • Parking lot skills – ability to safely navigate into tight spots by using mirrors without over-relying on new technologies
  • Any additional skills that are required for your organization (e.g., pulling trailers)

CLASSROOM SESSION

The classroom experience includes:

  • Safety driving principles
  • Defensive driving techniques (vehicle control and crash avoidance skills)
  • Driver attitude and responsibility
  • Distracted driving awareness
  • A refresher of the rules (most drivers have not been tested since they were 15)
  • A chance to introduce the rules that are “new” to experienced drivers

FLEET SAFETY PLAN

Your customized plan will:

  • Set expectations for your employees
  • Demonstrate your company’s commitment to a safe work environment
  • Reduce liability
  • Reflect your company’s priorities and particular requirements
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