By Michael P. Neufeld
Running Springs, CA – When it comes to teenagers and driving, the statistics tell the story and illuminate the risks.
The leading cause of deaths of teenagers is car crashes. With that in mind, the California Highway Patrol is offering the free Start Smart driving class on Thursday, January 24, at 6 p.m. at the CHP Arrowhead Office, located at 31230 Highway 18 in Running Springs.
START SMART CLASSES
The Start Smart program is a cooperative effort between the CHP, teenagers and their parents/guardians. The goal of the class is to help young drivers and their parents understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle.
During the class, officers will show attendees — teenagers and their parents — how poor choices behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved.
In addition, the objective of the class is to reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.
Parents and new drivers interested in attending the class should RSVP to CHP Officer Benjamin Baker by Monday, January 21, by calling (909) 867-2791.
Space is limited to the first 40 students and parents.
Additional classes will be scheduled as needed, according to Officer Baker.