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CHP advises teen drivers to Start Smart

Posted: January 7, 2013 1:31 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 1:31 p.m.
 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death of teenagers across the

United States and in California. Each year, thousands of young drivers and their passengers are

killed in collisions. According to the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Statewide Integrated

Traffic Records System for 2010, the most recent year for finalized data, there were more than

57,000 drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 involved in collisions in California. A teen driver

was determined to be at fault in 67 percent of those collisions.

“The first year behind the wheel for a teen driver can be one of the most dangerous times in their

life. Teens are far more likely to be killed in a vehicle collision than in anything else,” said CHP

Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Developing safe driving habits is the first step toward avoiding a

collision.”

Designed for newly licensed teen drivers and their parents, the CHP offers

Start Smart, atwo-hour driver safety education class that is conducted throughout the state. The free program

is an interactive driver safety class for teens and their parents. During the course, officers and

speakers illustrate the critical responsibilities of safe driving and collision avoidance techniques.

Parents are also reminded of their responsibility to teach their new driver and model good

driving behavior.

“Our goal is to have teens and their parents leave the class more aware, better educated, and

better prepared,” added Commissioner Farrow. “Our Start Smart program has had a positive

impact on thousands of parents and teens in recent years.”

Parents and teenagers can sign up for a

Start Smart class by contacting their local CHP office.To locate a CHP office near you, visit

www.chp.ca.gov.Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety

through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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