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Start Smart class teaches teen driver safety

By From page A5 | March 13, 2014

The California Highway Patrol’s Woodland office is teaming up with the Woodland Police Department to teach a “Start Smart” safety education class on Wednesday, March 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with the goal of reducing collisions and injuries among teen drivers.

The class will be offered at the Woodland Police Department, 1000 Lincoln Ave. To reserve a spot, call the Woodland CHP office at 530-662-4685.

Start Smart targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the ages of 15 and 19, as well as their parents or guardians. It teaches the responsibilities new drivers face and illustrates how poor choices made behind the wheel can affect the lives of numerous people.

Teen drivers are found at fault in 66 percent of all fatal collisions in which they are involved, although they represent only 4 percent of the state’s licensed drivers, according to the CHP. Motor vehicle collisions also are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 15-20.

“This tragic loss of young lives is a concern to the California Highway Patrol, and we are confident this program can reduce that number,” Officer Cindy Leal said in a news release.

Start Smart addresses traffic safety issues that directly affect newly and soon-to-be licensed drivers and their parents in a way no other program does, Leal said. The program allows teens to learn about collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, driver/parent responsibilities, seat belt restraints and local area traffic collision trends.

It also features a number of testimonials from parents whose children have died in traffic crashes.

Enterprise staff

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