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CHP North Sacramento Area offers free “Start Smart” class

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The leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 15 and 20 is motor vehicle collisions, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

In an effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions in California, California Highway Patrol Valley Division will offer a free Start Smart class.

Mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

The classes are used to promote traffic safety to parents and teens. 

The 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 class incorporates videos and classroom discussion.

New drivers and parents/guardians can also ask questions to California Highway Patrol officers.

Classes will be from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 26 at 5026 Don Julio Blvd. in Sacramento, in the Sewer District building’s conference room. 

Parents/guardians interested in signing up the class will need to register for the class by calling Officer Lizz Dutton at 338-6710 (space is limited). It is encouraged that parents/guardians attend the class with their teen driver. 

Funding for California Highway Patrol’s Start Smart programs is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In other news, the California Highway Patrol reminds drivers “to always buckle up and don’t drink and drive.” The California Highway Patrol is a law enforcement and traffic safety agency reporting to Business, Transportation and Housing Acting Secretary Brian Kelly and Governor Jerry Brown.