• Teens and Parents: CHP offering Start Smart classes in Salinas

    The California Highway Patrol is asking parents and teens to take some time to attend a free driving safety class aimed at young motorists on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Monterey Area CHP office at 6:00 PM in Salinas.

    The two-hour “Smart Start” class is designed for new and future drivers, ages 15 through 19, and their parents. The class is taught by CHP officers who discuss factors that contribute to crashes and how they can be avoided.

    Some of those officers will talk about investigating fatal crashes involving teenage drivers. Commissioner Joe Farrow of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) notes, “Our officers tell us one of the most stressful parts of their job is when they have to tell the parents of a teen that their child was killed in an automobile crash. We are proud to play a role in this educational program to reduce collisions, save teens from injury or death, and keep a parent or family member from receiving heartbreaking news.” Driving deaths are the number one killer of teens; and the most frequent causes are distracted and reckless driving. “Crash data demonstrate that more action is needed,” added Commissioner Farrow. “In addition to the high rate of teen drivers who are involved in a crash in their first year of driving, the fatal crash risk per mile driven by 16-year-olds is twice that of 18 to 19-year-olds, and about seven times the risk for drivers ages 30-59.”

    For more information, call the Monterey Area CHP office at 831-796-2100.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 18, 2015

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