Crime - Sacto 911

CHP taking sign-ups for teen driver safety class

A driver safety class for teenage drivers and their parents will be offered by the California Highway Patrol's North Sacramento area office on Wednesday.

The Start Smart program targets prospective and newly licensed drivers ages 15 to 19, as well as their parents or guardians. The class will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol-related driving laws and the provisional license process. The program incorporates videos and classroom discussion, and teens and their parents will have an opportunity to ask questions of CHP officers.

The class will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Sacramento Association of Realtors office, 2003 Howe Ave., in the Arden Arcade area. The building is on the west side of Howe Ave., between Cottage and Wyda ways.

To register for the class, email Officer Chad Hertzell at The first and last name of the teenage participants must be provided so they can be presented with a certificate of completion at the end of the class. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend with their teen driver.

Funding for the CHP’s Start Smart program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy