The California Highway Patrol is offering Start Smart driver safety education classes for prospective and newly licensed teenage drivers and their parents or guardians.
The classes are open to drivers age 15 through 19. Sessions at the CHP's East Area office, 11336 Trade Center Drive, Rancho Cordva, are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.
CHP officials cite National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics showing that, mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.
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. CHP officers also will be available to answer questions.
Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the class with their teenage driver and may sign up for the class by calling (916) 464-1450. Space is limited.
Funding for the Start Smart program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.