Start Smart presentation January 31

January 18, 2012
Santa Paula News

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC) are offering a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents.

The Start Smart Program is aimed at helping future and newly licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The program is designed as an educational tool for parents and teenagers in an effort to reduce the number of teenage injuries and deaths resulting from traffic collisions. 

Traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds. The primary objective of the program is to provide teens and parents with an understanding of how poor choices behind the wheel can affect the lives of numerous people. The Start Smart program also provides teens and parents with information on defensive driving, traffic laws in California, dynamics of traffic collisions, tips on avoiding traffic collisions, and DUI awareness.

The Ventura Area CHP office has partnered with Ventura County Medical Center to offer multi-faceted perspective on safe teen driving. Start Smart classes are free of charge. The next class will be on TuesdayJanuary 31, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at the Ventura County Medical Center (VCMC). The address for VCMC is 3291 Loma Vista Road, Ventura, CA 93003.

For more details or to make a reservation for the class, please call Officer Steve Reid at (805)477-4130 or Elena Gutierrez at (805) 652-5904.

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