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CHP offers ‘Start Smart’ classes for teen drivers

Two “Start Smart” driver safety classes for teenagers and their parents will be offered in June by the California Highway Patrol’s North Sacramento Area Office.

The classes are designed for prospective and newly licensed drivers ages 15 to 19 years old, who are encouraged to attend with their parents or guardians. Each session will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol-related driving laws and the provisional license process. The class incorporates videos and discussion, and offers participants an opportunity to ask questions of CHP officers.

The classes are scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 8 and 17. They be held 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.

Parents or guardians can sign up for the class by emailing Officer Chad Hertzell at, or by sending a private message to him at or via Twitter @chpnsac. When registering, provide the first and last name of the teenager attending so a certificate of completion can be presented at the end of the class.

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.