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The CHP’s Start Smart program is a driver safety education class that targets new and future licensed teenage drivers ages 15 -19 and their parents/guardians. The class will be offered in Winters on Tuesday, May 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Winters Police Department, 702 Main Street.

The 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 incorporates videos and classroom discussion.

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) Woodland Area offers the free Start Smart class. 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.

Collisions involving teenagers demonstrate the importance of these types of classes. The classes are used to promote traffic safety to both parents and teens. We encourage both parent/ guardians and teens to attend the class.

Parents/ guardians interested in signing up for the class will need to pre-register by calling 530-662-4685 (space is limited). This is a class for parents/guardians and their teen drivers.

Funding for CHP’s Start Smart program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through NHTSA.

For more information, call Public Information Officer Rodney Fitzhugh, 530-662-4685.

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