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Course aims to help teen drivers "Start Smart"


National statistics indicate that California has the second highest fatality rate involving teenage drivers. In an effort to combat this statistic, the California Highway Patrol is hosting a free "Start Smart" class for parents and teenagers on Thursday, February 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Orange County Traffic Management Center.

Designed as an educational tool for parents and teenagers, the Start Smart program’s primary objective is to reduce the number of teenage injuries and deaths. The program is taught by CHP officers who will discuss traffic collision avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver/parent responsibilities, and seatbelt usage. Additionally, testimonies will be provided by officers who have investigated fatal collisions involving teens, and by family members who have lost love ones in traffic collisions.

For more information or to register, call CHP Officer Jennifer Hink at 714-567-6000 or email jhink@chp.ca.gov. The Orange County Traffic Management Center is located at 6681 Marine Way, Irvine.


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