Sacto 9-1-1
May 18, 2011
CHP offers traffic safety course for teens in El Dorado Hills

Start Smart, a driver education class for teenagers, will be presented by the California Highway Patrol on May 26 in El Dorado Hills.

Teen drivers are found at fault in 66 percent of all fatal collisions in which they are involved, although they represent only 4 percent of the state's licensed drivers, according to a CHP news release. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old,

The Start Smart program targets newly and soon-to-be licensed teenage drivers ages 15 to 19 years old and their parents or guardians.

The presentations cover accident avoidance techniques, the driver's responsibility, accident trends, seatbelt safety and zero-tolerance laws. Parents and teenagers also have an opportunity to ask questions regarding traffic issues.

The May 26 class is scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at El Dorado Hills Fire Station No. 85, 1050 Wilson Blvd., El Dorado Hills. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Officer Jasper Begay at (916) 464-1457.

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