Thursday, April 13, 2006

Teen-Driver Safety: Start Smart Program

Teen-Driver Safety: Start Smart Program

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, and the leading cause of DEATH for Americans 15 - 20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. Coto de Caza residents can certainly relate to this statistics, given that the last two fatalities within the last three months have involved teens.

Hoping to reduce the number of teenage driver fatalities on California roads, the California Highway Patrol is using a group of parents to help spread the message contained in the Start Smart Program, a Teen-Driver Safety Awareness and Training Program. According to the CHP, The California Highway Patrol's Start Smart program is a driver safety education class which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15 - 19 and their parents/guardians. All of the parents involved in the initial program, lost children who were killed in accidents caused by speeding and recklessness. The number of dead makes up a sobering statistic. California has the nation's second-highest number of teenage driving fatalities.

The Smart Start program was launched earlier this year and has not expanded to South Orange County: Start Smart classes are being held by the CHP on April 20, May 24 and June 29 at the San Juan Capistrano CHP Office, 32951 Camino Capistrano. Call 949-487-4000

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