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New York approves online safe driver course

New York state has approved an online safe driver course called the Improv Aware Driver Course, allowing New Yorkers to qualify for a mandatory 10 percent three-year auto insurance discount and receive a four point reduction on their driving record.

The course meets requirements of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and is approved for any driver with a New York state issued driver's license, according to Improv Aware.

The course consists of 10 modules featuring a combination of humorous, YouTube-style video clips that are supported by text and graphics covering a variety of driving subjects ranging from basic traffic laws to more serious issues like DUI and seat belt use, the company said.

To be eligible for the auto insurance discount, the course must be completed within 30 days of registration. Upon completion, students receive a certificate by mail that can be submitted to their car insurance company for the mandatory 10 percent three-year reduction. The New York DMV will also be notified upon completion, for an automatic reduction on the driver's active point total by up to four points, Improv Aware said.

Improv Aware founder Gary Alexander said the course uses unique biometric technology to validate participation completely online.

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