The Sacramento Police Department is offering a free driver safety class for teenage drivers and their parents or guardians.
The class, open to teenagers 15 to 19, is scheduled from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the Public Safety Center's Hall of Honor at 5770 Freeport Blvd.
Teen participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The class is offered in an effort to keep new drivers and their passengers safe on the road, according to a Police Department news release.
New drivers lack the experience sometimes needed in various driving situations.
Authorities cite statistics showing that teenage drivers are found to be at fault in 66 percent of all fatal accidents in which they are involved, although they represent only 4 percent of the state's licensed drivers.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 19-year-olds nationwide.
Class space is limited. To register, call (916) 808-6030, or sign up online at www.sacpd.org.
Go to the "Community Events" link on the left side of the home page and click on "Start Smart Program." Follow the instructions for registration after choosing the "Attend" link next to "Start Smart November."