In response to what it sees as a leading cause of fatal traffic accidents, the California Highway Patrol will be holding a public course on Wednesday, July 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tehachapi Police Department, 220 West "C" St.
Start Smart is a drive safety education program aimed at newly licensed and future teenage drivers between 15 and 19 years old, along with their parents or guardians.
It is an instructional program designed to share the consequences of immature and dangerous driving behaviors. According to the CHP, teen drivers are "found at fault for 66 percent of all fatal collisions they are involved in," although they represent only 4 percent of California's licensed drivers.
Class space is limited for the free program, so RSVP with CHP Officer Darlena Dotson at 823-5500.