The Sacramento Police Department is offering a free driver safety class for teenage drivers and their parents or guardians.
The "Start Smart" class is free and open to drivers age 15 to 19.
The next class is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Hall of Honor at the Public Safety Center, 5770 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. Teen participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The program targets new drivers, who lack the experience that is sometimes needed in various driving situations. Teenage drivers are found to be at fault in 66 percent of all fatal accidents in which they are involved, although they represent only 4 percent of the state's licensed drivers, according to a Police Department news release. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for all Americans age 15 to 20.
The Start Smart class is designed to help keep new drivers and their passengers safe on the road.
Class space is limited. To register, call (916) 808-6030, or register online at http://www.sacpd.org/. Access the "Community Events" link on the left side of the home page and click on "Start Smart Program." Follow the instructions on how to register after choosing the "Attend" link next to "Start Smart February."
Funding for the program is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.