The leading cause of death for Americans ages 15 to 20 years old is motor vehicle collisions.
In an effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions in California, California Highway Patrol Valley Division will offer a free Start Smart class. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. The goal of the Start Smart class is to raise awareness and seek solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on the nation’s roads.
The CHP’s Start Smart program is a driver safety education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15 and 19 and their parents/guardians.
The Start Smart class will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol related driving laws and the provisional license process. The program also offers an opportunity for new drivers and parents/guardians to ask CHP Officers clarifying questions.
The class will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday July 30, at the CHP Valley Division, 2555 1st Ave. in Sacramento.
Parents/guardians interested in signing up the class will need to register for the class by calling (916) 731-6300 (space is limited). It is encouraged that parents/guardians attend the class with their teen driver.
Funding for CHP’s Start Smart programs is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Administration.