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Tuesday, Aug 13 2013 06:00 AM

Start Smart helps teen drivers, parents

The Mojave Substation of the California Highway Patrol will be presenting Start Smart on Aug. 29 at the Bear Valley Springs Country Club.

Designed for newly licensed teen drivers and their parents, Start Smart is a two hour safety education class that is conducted throughout the state. During the interactive free program, officers illustrate the critical responsibilities of safe driving and collision avoidance techniques. Parents are also reminded of their responsibility to teach their new driver and model good driving behavior.

Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death of teenagers across the United States and California. Each year, thousands of young drivers and their passengers are killed in collisions. According to the CHP's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System for 2010, the most recent year for finalized data, there were more than 57,000 drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 involved in collisions in California. A teen driver was determined to be at fault in 67 percent of those collisions.

"The first year behind the wheel for a teen driver can be one of the most dangerous times of their life," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Teens are far more likely to be killed in a vehicle collision than in anything else. Developing safe driving habits is the first step toward avoiding a collision.

"Our goal is to have teens and their parents leave the class more aware, better educated, and better prepared," Farrow said. "Our Start Smart program has had a positive impact on thousands of parents and teens in recent years."

For further details and to reserve your spot, call Officer Darlena Dotson at 823-5500; space is limited.

This presentation is in cooperation with the Bear Valley Police Department.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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