Did you know that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) over 68,000 teenagers have died in car crashes…..just in the last decade?
With those sobering statistics in mind the California Highway Patrol will offer an important program entitled the Start/Smart Program that will supply teenagers and their parents or guardians with help. The goal of this CHP sponsored class is to help young drivers and their parents understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. The class will also show how poor choices behind the wheel can, and does, change lives of everyone involved. The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.
The local class is scheduled for November 26 at 6 p.m. at the California Highway Patrol office at 31230 State Route 18 in Running Springs. The office is located next to the Running Springs Water Department.
There is no cost to attend the class but parents and new drivers interested in attending need to RSVP to CHP Officer Quintero by November 25. To register call the CHP station at (909) 867-2791.
Space is limited to the first 25 students and parents but additional classes will be scheduled as needed.
This is one of those classes that literally could be a lifesaver and with understanding, teenagers can learn that driving a vehicle isn’t just for fun…..there’s an enormous amount of responsibility involved.