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CHP helps teen drivers ‘Start Smart’ with driver’s ed course

CHP helps teen drivers ‘Start Smart’ with driver’s ed course


visalia – The number one killer of teens in America is automobile collisions. Each year, approximately 4,000 teenagers are killed to these preventable collisions and another 400,000 teenagers are seriously injured. These deaths and injuries can be substantially reduced or prevented by eliminating high-risk driving behaviors through education. The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) “Start Smart” program can help prevent these tragedies.

The Start Smart program focuses on providing comprehensive traffic safety education classes for teenagers and their parents or guardians. Start Smart employs innovative techniques to capture the attention of teenagers and parents, providing a lasting experience. The curriculum includes information on collision statistics, teen driver and passenger behaviors, graduated driver license laws, cultural changes in today’s society, and the need for stronger parental involvement in a teenager’s driving experience.

“The Start Smart program provides the opportunity for parents and teen drivers to gain the information and knowledge they need to ensure they operate within the parameters of the Vehicle Code, and it highlights the important role parents have with regards to their teen driver’s safety,” said CHP Capt. Damon Gilmore.

The Visalia CHP Area is currently hosting monthly Start Smart classes. The next available class is today, Wednesday, June 21 at 6 p.m. at the Visalia Area Office, 5025 W. Noble Ave. in Visalia, Calif.

Parents and teenagers are encouraged to sign up for a free Start Smart class by contacting the Visalia CHP office at (559) 734-6767, or via email at sbeal@chp.ca.gov. Funding was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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