COUNTY - Formerly 55 Alive, the new SMART DRIVER four and eight hour defensive driving course is designed for qualified drivers aged 50 and older.

There are no tests and membership in AARP is not necessary. All automobile insurance companies doing business in Pennsylvania are required by state law to give a minimum discount of five percent to all qualified policyholders age 55 and over who take the course.

The discount is for a minimum of three years. Always check with your agent to make sure you qualify for the discount.

All classes are taught by trained, unpaid volunteer instructors. The eight hour class is given in two, four hour sessions and is required for first timers and those who have not taken the class within the past 36 months.

The one day four hour class is only open to those who provide evidence of taking the class during the previous 36 months.

A $20 fee ($15 for AARP members with membership card) is charged for each class.

Class size is limited, so advance reservations are necessary for placement in any class. Please bring your driver’s license.

To qualify for the four hour class, evidence must be provided with pre- registration or at class registration that you have previously taken one of the classes within the last three years.

Such evidence could be a copy of your Course Completion Certificate from the previous course or a copy of your auto insurance policy that indicates you are currently receiving a discount for Defensive (safe) Driving.

The class is taught by volunteer instructors. The non-refundable fee is $20 ($15 for AARP members) per person, paid in advance when registering for any class.

All AARP members, please bring your membership card to class.

Payment is made by check or money order payable to AARP. Class size is limited, so advance reservations are required to assure placement in the class.

Those completing the course will be given a certificate which is valid for three years.Remember to bring your drivers’ license and a pen to class.

Call the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging at (570) 253-4262 to make a reservation and get directions to one of the classes listed below or if you have any questions regarding these classes.

Senior Center: Lunch is served at noon daily at each of the senior centers. Those individuals who are interested in eating lunch at a center are asked to call at least one day before the date of the program to make their reservation.

Any individual over the age of 60 may reserve a lunch and contribute to the cost of the meal on a donation basis.

If you are under the age of 60, the cost of the meal is $7.10. An A-la-carte menu is also available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Honesdale senior center.

Please visit for more information about the many services offered.

The eight hour sessions are all on Thursdays and Fridays from 1-5 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

Honesdale: May 14 & 15; July 23 & 24

Hawley: May 28 & 29

Hamlin: Sept. 17 & 18

There are also four hour sessions available. The schedule is as follows:

Honesdale: 12:30-4:30 p.m. on April 23, June 18 and Sept. 17

Hamlin: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 14 and Oct. 15

Hawley: 1-5 p.m. on March 30, April 15, Sept. 28 and Oct. 29