Start Smart Driving Program Offered to Help Teens

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By Staff Reports

(Apple Valley)– Send your teen on the road to safety by enrolling him or her in the Apple Valley Police Department’s new Smart Start driving class.

In collaboration with the California Highway Patrol, the next session will be August 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Conference Room South at the Apple Valley Conference Center at 14975 Dale Evans Parkway.

“This class is designed to keep teen drivers safe by teaching them safe driving habits, giving them tips on how to avoid collisions and discussing the consequences of poor choices behind the wheel,” said Crime Prevention Officer Karen Hunt. “Participants will hear testimonies of people tragically impacted by incidents involving teen drivers and learn about the legal ramifications and civil liabilities affecting teen drivers and their parents.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. The California Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System reported teen drivers ages 15 to 19 are found at fault in 74 percent of all fatal collisions that they are involved in, although they only represent 3.7 percent of the state’s licensed drivers.

“Driving a motor vehicle is a tremendous responsibility,” said Officer Hunt. “The CHP and the Apple Valley Police Department is committed to helping teen drivers travel the road safely.”

The class is free for students and accompanying parents. Some automobile insurance companies may offer a discount for teens who attend a Start Smart class. For additional information or to register, call (760) 240-7400 x7457.

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