The following information is from the Contra Costa County Office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP):
Remember when high schools offered a class to teach driver safety? Students would have to listen to the instructor talk about traffic laws, watch “Red Asphalt”, and learn about the consequences of poor driving choices. Now it’s up to the busy parents to teach driver safety to their children. What resources are available to help them?
No parent wants to be given the news that their teenage son or daughter has been killed in a horrific traffic collision. The statistics are frightening. 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 leading cause of DEATH for Americans 15 to 20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. What can a parent do to prevent this horrible tragedy from happening to their teen?
The California Highway Patrol, Contra Costa Office conducts a two hour driver safety education class called Start Smart, which targets new and future licensed teenage drivers 15 through 20 years of age and their parents or legal guardians. To enroll yourself and your teen in one of the upcoming Start Smart classes contact the California Highway Patrol, Contra Costa Office at 925-646-4980. The next available classes will be at the CHP – Contra Costa Office, located at 5001 Blum Road, Martinez, California 94553. The class starts at 6pm for the following 2013 dates: October 7 and 8, November 4 and 5, and December 2 and 3.