The leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. In an effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions in California, California Highway Patrol, East Sacramento Area Office, will offer a free Start Smart.
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 CHP’s Start Smart program is a driver safety education class that 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.
Classes are offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 25, March 25, April 29 and May 20 at the CHP East Sacramento office, 11336 Trade Center Drive in Rancho Cordova.
Parents/guardians interested in signing up the class will need to register by calling (916) 464-1450 (space is limited). It is encouraged that parents/guardians attend the class with their teen driver.
Funding for CHP’s Start Smart program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Administration.