The leading cause of death for Americans age 15 to 20 is motor vehicle collisions. The California Highway Patrol’s goal is to reduce the death rate among teenagers as a result of these collisions.
Getting their driver’s license opens a new world to young drivers. Suddenly, the possibility of new destinations and experiences with friends are within grasp. But a new driver lacks the experience that is sometimes needed on the road.
Situations can appear in a second, sometimes too fast for a new driver to respond to. But, there are ways to avoid dangerous situations. There are ways to keep a new driver – and their passengers – safe on the road.
According to the CHP teen drivers are found at fault in 66% of all fatal collisions that they are involved in, although they only represent 4% of the state’s licensed drivers.
The Susanville Area CHP will be hosting the Start Smart program on Tuesday, September 18th, beginning at 6:00p.m. in the Lassen High School Library.
The class, which will last about two hours, will cover a variety of subjects including licensing requirements, safe driving practices, choices vs. consequences, DUI, and distracted driving.
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student. The class is free.
Registration is not necessary but you can call CHP at 257-2191 if you have any questions.