Free ‘Start Smart’ class offered for teen drivers

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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 will offer a free Start Smart class in Winters on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6-8 p.m. at the Winters Police Department, 702 Main Street.

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.

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 questions. The class incorporates videos and classroom discussion.

Parents/guardians interested in signing their teens up for the class must pre-register by calling 530-662-4685 (space is limited).

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

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

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