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CHP offers driver safety classes for teens, senior citizens

The California Highway Patrol is offering driver safety education classes for drivers at both ends of the age spectrum.

On June 13 and 27, the North Sacramento CHP area office will offer a free Start Smart class for teenage drivers and their parents or guardians.

On June 26, the CHP’s Woodland area office will present an Age Well Drive Smart class for senior citizens.

The Start Smart program is aimed at new and prospective licensed drivers ages 15 through 19. The class will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted-driving laws, alcohol-related driving laws and the provisional license process. Participants also will have an opportunity to ask questions of CHP officers.

Both Start Smart classes are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the conference room at the Sacramento Water and Sewer Treatment Plant, 5026 Don Julio Blvd., on the northeast corner of Elkhorn and Don Julio boulevards, in the Foothill Farms area.

To register, email Officer Chad Hertzell at, or send a private message to the North Sacramento CHP’s Facebook account at Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the class with their teen driver.

The Age Well Drive Smart class for seniors is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. June 26 at the Esparto Regional Branch Library, 17065 Yolo Ave., Esparto.

The class is designed to help senior citizens evaluate their driving skills, refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road and learn about how age-related physical changes affect driving ability, as well as possible corrective options.

To register for this class, call the CHP’s Woodland-area office at 530-662-4685.

Funding for both programs 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