The CHP’s “Start Smart” program is a teen driver safety course designed to teach young people safe driving habits.
During the sessions, CHP officers will discuss traffic collision avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver and parent responsibilities and seatbelt usage.
Additionally, testimonies will be provided by officers who have investigated fatal collisions involving teens, and by family members who have lost love ones in traffic collisions.
According to the CHP, traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans between 15 and 20 years old.
Most classes are offered during the evening hours at CHP offices throughout the Bay Area and are free to attend. A list of locations can be found on the CHP’s website. Those who want to attend are encouraged to call ahead to reserve space.