CHP to offer ‘Start Smart’ teen driving class to promote safety

EUREKA – It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week – and with new technologies adding extra distractions every day, it’s an important message to drive home.

According to the California Highway Patrol, teenagers are at the greatest risk for distracted driving, and collisions are the number one killer of teens in the country.

Combining inexperience of driving with extra distractions leads to disaster, and research says 10% of teen drivers in fatal collisions were distracted at the time.

Experts say for teenagers to put down the cell phone, never drink and drive, always wear your seat belt, and don’t have too many friends in the car – all of these make your risk for a tragic fatal accident go up.

CHP has also developed a free class and app called ‘Start Smart’ designed for newly licensed teens and their parents to reinforce safe driving practices.

To register for a class you can contact your local CHP office.