Teen drivers are found at fault in 66 percent of all fatal collisions they are involved in, although they only represent 4 percent of the state's licensed drivers. The leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old is motor vehicle collisions.
In response to these staggering statistics, the California Highway Patrol will present two Start Smart Program classes in the Greater Tehachapi are.
The first class is Jan. 16, 2014, at the Stallion Springs Community Service District, 27800 Stallion Springs Dr., from 5 until 7 p.m. The second is Jan. 17, 2014, at the East Kern Airport District Board Meeting Room at the Mojave Air & Space Port, from 5 until 7 p.m.
The Start Smart program is a driver safety education class which targets newly licensed and future teenage drivers between the ages of 15 to 19 years old and their parents/guardians. It is an instructional program designed to share with teens and their parents the consequences of immature and dangerous driving behaviors.
The program is approximately two hours long and parents/guardians are encouraged to attend, though it is not mandatory for them to be there.
Class space is limited for this free program. Please RSVP to 823-5500.