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Local CHP Office Hosting Free Teen Driving Courses

The "Start Smart" program focuses on collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol related driving laws and the provisional license process.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The following is a news release from the California Highway Patrol: 


The leading cause of death for Americans 15-20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. In an effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions in California, California Highway Patrol (CHP), East Sacramento Area Office, will offer a free Start Smart.   According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 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 which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15 -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.


WHEN:
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm

WHERE:
CHP East Sacramento, 11336 Trade Center Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Parents/guardians interested in signing up the class will need to register for the class 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.


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