The Sacramento Police Department is offering a free driver safety class for teenage drivers and their parents or guardians.
The class is intended to help teen drivers by teaching them how to handle various driving situations. Officials cite statistics that show teen 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. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old.
The class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Hall of Honor at the Public Safety Center, 5770 Freeport Blvd. The session is free and open to 15- to 19-year-olds, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Space is limited, and participants may register by calling (916) 808-6030. Registration also is available online at http://www.sacpd.org/. Go to the "Community Events" link onthe 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 the Start Smart September. Only one registration is needed per student/parent combination.
The program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.