Start Smart CHP Class
updated: Aug 27, 2013, 10:08 AM
Source: California Highway Patrol
The California Highway Patrol's Start Smart program is a driver safety education class that targets new
and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15-19, their parents, and guardians. CHP
Officers discuss traffic collision avoidance techniques, collision causational factors, driver/parent
responsibilities, seatbelt usage, etc...
Testimonies are provided by officers who have investigated fatal collisions involving teens, along with
the latest "RED ASPHALT" video which chronicles the aftermath of several teenage driver collisions. The
CHP offers the Start Smart program to help newly and future licensed teen drivers become more aware
of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. Two Start
Smart classes are scheduled for September. Tuesday September 3, 2013 and Tuesday September 24,
2013. Both will be held at 6 PM, at the Ashton Education Center, which is located on the southwest
corner of Hollister Avenue and Patterson Avenue across the parking lot from Goleta Valley Cottage
Hospital. Call the Santa Barbara Area CHP office to sign up at: (805) 967-1234. Please either email me
at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave your email address and I'll send you a detailed parking instructions
and a map to the location of the room.
California teen drivers are found at fault in 66% of all fatal collisions that they are involved in, although
they represent only 4% of the state's licensed drivers. California has the second highest fatality rate
involving drivers between the ages of 15-20, and motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death
for Americans in this age bracket. "This tragic loss of young lives is a concern to us, and we hope this
program can reduce the death toll," stated CHP Captain Marty Maples. Teenagers average twice as many
accidents as adult drivers while driving only half as many miles, making the teen accident rate per mile
four times that of adults.
If you are under 18 years of age, your risk of a fatal accident is about 2.5 times that of the average
driver and your risk of an injury accident is three times higher than the average driver. Teen drivers
MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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