CHP Smart Start Class
updated: Dec 27, 2012, 12:45 PM
Source: California Highway Patrol
The California Highway Patrol's Start Smart program is a driver safety education class
that targets new and future licensed teenage drivers between the age of 15-17, their
parents, and guardians. CHP Officers discuss traffic collision avoidance techniques,
collision causational factors, driver/parent responsibilities, seatbelt usage, etc...
Testimonies are provided by officers who have investigated fatal collisions involving
teens, along with the latest "RED ASPHALT" video which chronicles the aftermath of
several teenage driver collisions. The CHP offers the Start Smart program to help
newly and future licensed teen drivers become more aware of the responsibilities
that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The next Start
Smart class is scheduled for Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at 6:00 PM and will run to
approximately 8 PM. The class will be held in the Ashton Conference Room, in the
medical building, at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital (GVH), 5333 Hollister Avenue.
Parking is available all along the building and the conference room is directly inside the
California teen drivers are found at fault in 66% of all fatal collisions that they are
involved in, although they represent only 4% of the state's licensed drivers. California
has the second highest fatality rate involving drivers between the ages of 15-20,
and motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans in this age
bracket. "This tragic loss of young lives is a concern to us, and we hope this program
can reduce the death toll," stated CHP Captain Marty Maples. Teenagers average
twice as many accidents as adult drivers while driving only half as many miles, making
the teen accident rate per mile four times that of adults.
If you are under 18 years of age, your risk of a fatal accident is about 2.5 times that
of the average driver and your risk of an injury accident is three times higher than the
average driver. Teen drivers MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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