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Traffic Diversion Program Testimonials

October 20, 2017
"I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the Traffic Diversion Program opportunity that is now being offered to qualified candidates. Too many times the initial instinct for dealing with traffic offenders is to punish them via a steep fine. I am extremely impressed that the County of Chenango DA's office chose to go after a solution to the problem instead, via education. I readily followed the application process which was laid out very well and easy to understand. I came into the course thinking I pretty much knew everything there is to know about driving but I walked away with a few eye openers and am definitely better for everything else that I have learned. I took the AARP Smart Driver course and highly recommend it. It is very easy to follow and I didn't encounter any on-line glitches. I like how it remembers where you've left off in case you can't finish it in one sitting and you need to sign back on later. I was also happy to learn that this particular course will earn me a discount on my auto insurance. I will be taking the abbreviated refresher course every three years in order to keep the discount going! Hats off to the DA's office and especially the program coordinator. My experience with them was very positive and it was nice to see how genuinely friendly and helpful they were."
October 18, 2017
"I wanted to say how great it was to have been allowed to take the Traffic Diversion Program. I am 54 years old and had never received a speeding ticket. The opportunity to take this class online was very convenient. I also learned how to be a better driver with things like and how to handle situations where someone is following to close, how to properly pass a vehicle and how to be more in control of driver's on the other side of the road.

I hope this program continues and especially for people like myself that slip up once in a while."
September 28, 2017
"In my experience, the Traffic Diversion Program was easy to apply for, and the end result allowed me to keep my driving record clean. The big plus was avoiding the time and expense of court, for both me and the county. I took an online driving class and did learn a few things, it’s been over 40 years since my high school driver education class. What was best was doing it on my own time, before and after work. This is a valuable program that needs more publicity. I’m sure most people do not know it exists. I didn’t know about it until the Trooper who issued me my ticket told me about it. Many thanks to her."
August 24, 2017
"I'm glad that the traffic diversion program is available. It enabled me to brush up on my safety awareness at the same time as saving some money on my car insurance. Thanks!"
August 21, 2017
"I would like to say that I found the program to be very helpful and efficient. I am thankful that I was able to use this program, even given the circumstance. I found it beneficial and easy to understand. Thank you."
August 21, 2017
"I was very happy with how everything was processed. The registration process was very easy and was explained in a letter very well. I choose the AARP Driving Safety course as I am 62. I found the course very informative. The only thing I hope they work on is that it was not offered on mobile devices.
I was very happy with the speed in which everything was handled. I started the process ... on August 1 and I had my letter ... on August 15 telling me my ticket was dismissed. Of course the fact that I won't have any points on my license was a big selling point for me.
I think the course gave me some helpful strategies and will help me become a safer driver.
Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the Diversion Program."
August 4, 2017
"I was recently a participant in the Traffic Diversion Program that your office offers. I will be honest, I did not know such a program existed until my attorney pointed me in this direction. It was quite an easy process to follow once I realized I qualified. I took my course online through New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, and the prompts were very descriptive and helpful.
As I took this defensive driving course, even after been driving for over 30 years, I learned some things and it was beneficial to have a refresher course. I found that the website was easy to navigate. I have already told some people about this program, and asked that both my children who are relatively new to driving, to go on and take this course as well. I think its neat that you can get a % of a discount on your car insurance premiums, as well as being helped through what could potentially be a very costly mistake down the road through the state and your insurance company.
I'm a firm believer that you are never too old to learn something new. I thank the Chenango County District Attorney's office for giving me the opportunity to participate in such a descent program, and highly recommend this program to anyone that qualifies for it, to take advantage of it and utilize it. I cannot stress this enough!"
August 1, 2017
"I recently participated in the Chenango County Traffic Diversion Program. I entered the program after receiving a traffic violation that carried a potentially heavy penalty if convicted. As I had an otherwise good record for the 40 years in which I've been driving, I was offered the opportunity to have my infraction dismissed if I worked with your office and agreed to take a safe driving course and pay a fee of $300. Although I don't remember all the specifics, I was given to understand that some portion of that amount would be shared with the local community. This seemed like a very good way to help support some of the smaller towns and rural villages in our state that may often be short of revenues for operations and community improvements.
I can say that my completion of the traffic safety course was very beneficial. I had a choice of several online courses, but selected a six-hour class produced by the AARP. This online class was quite informative, very well-produced, and full of useful and important information for seniors like me who think they've "done it all and seen it all," and have nothing new to learn about driving. Thanks to taking the course, I am much more aware of my environment, of the safety requirements of my vehicle, and of the hazards associated with driving under various physical conditions. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I learned from this class, and I believe the time was very well spent.
I understand that the Traffic Diversion Program is a new venture for the county. It seems like a clear win for the community, and is certainly a good experience for people like me-- generally careful drivers, who make an unexpected mistake - but gen an opportunity to learn from it and achieve a positive outcome from law enforcement. I really hope you continue this program; I think it's a good one."
July 22, 2017
"I recently took the traffic diversion program since I received a speeding ticket in Broome County. I was motivated to do so primarily because I did not want the ticket on my record and I was concerned my insurance premiums might go up. I did have some technical issues taking the course on my iPad, but once I used my PC things worked fine. The course was supposed to take 6 hours and it actually took me ten hours to complete. Although that was a bit of a nuisance, I feel the knowledge I gained and renewed respect for being a safer and more defensive driver was worth it. The course also helped me regain appreciation for the privilege of driving. It is a bonus that my insurance premiums are also being discounted 10% because of the class. I did no know that taking the course is an alternative to receiving a ticket until a friend mentioned it to me. I recommend that the courts or officer administering the ticket give this information to the driver receiving the ticket since this will certainly increase the rate of ticketed drivers taking the course."
June 29, 2017
"I, not unlike other citizens I am sure, have a general fear of dealing with government programs. In the main, I have spent an inordinate amount of time filling out form upon form, being shifted from one person to another, responding to requests for additional details...And the list goes on. My interaction with the Chenango County Traffic Diversion Program and Mr. Turner, the coordinator, was the complete opposite experience. I felt listened to and understood. I was offered alternatives. Everything was professional, courteous; informative; efficient and action oriented. I was asked to review the instructions on the web site. The directions completing the application, response to the citation, etc. were clear and again to the point. Another "wow." In summary, to say the program was efficient and effective would be an understatement. Thank you."