CHP is offering a free Start Smart class for teens and their parents.
The California Highway Patrol is asking parents and teens to take some time to attend a free driving safety class aimed at young motorists on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the Monterey Area CHP office at 6:00 PM in Salinas.
The two-hour “Smart Start” class is designed for new and future drivers, ages 15 through 19, and their parents. The class is taught by CHP officers who discuss factors that contribute to crashes and how they can be avoided. Some automobile insurance companies may offer a discount for teens who have attended a Start Smart class.
Driving deaths are the number one killer of teens; According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading cause of death for Americans 15-20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. The California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System reported teen drivers (ages 15-19) are found at fault in 74 percent of all fatal collisions that they are involved in, although they only represent 3.7 percent of the state’s licensed drivers. Commissioner Joe Farrow of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) notes, “Crash data demonstrate that more action is needed, we are proud to play a role in this educational program to reduce collisions, save teens from injury or death, and keep a parent or family member from receiving heartbreaking news”.
For additional information about CHP programs, visit our website at www.chp.ca.gov. or call the Monterey Area CHP office at (831)796-2100
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.