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Woodland CHP offers teen driving class

The California Highway Patrol, along with the Woodland Police Department, is offering a free “Start Smart” class to young drivers who have just gotten or are about to get their California driver’s license. The class is an effort to reduce the number of collisions and injuries involving teen motorists.

The primary objective of “Start Smart” is to provide teens and their parents/guardians with an interactive safe driving awareness class that will illustrate how a poor choice behind the wheel of a car can affect the lives of numerous people. The next class will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Woodland police station, 1000 Lincoln Ave.

To attend, call the Woodland CHP office at 530-662-4685 to reserve a space.

Nationwide, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teenage drivers, the CHP reports. Teens account for 10 percent of all drivers, yet comprise 14 percent of the nation’s 42,000 traffic fatalities.

California has the second-highest fatality rate involving drivers between the ages of 15 and 20. This loss of young lives is a concern to the California Highway Patrol, and officers are confident this program can help reduce that number.

“Start Smart addresses traffic safety issues that directly affect new drivers in a way no other program does,” a news release said. “It speaks directly to the newly licensed and soon-to-be licensed drivers and their parents/guardians.

“The program allows teens to learn about collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, driver responsibilities and local area traffic collision trends, and features a number of testimonials from parents whose children have perished in collisions.

“Start Smart makes teens and parents aware of the responsibilities they face and teaches the precautions to take in order to be a safe and responsible driver,” the release said.

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