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Sacramento police offer driver safety class for teens, parents

The Sacramento Police Department is offering a free driver safety class for teenage drivers and their parents.

The Start Smart class will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Hall of Honor in the Public Safety Center, 5770 Freeport Blvd. It is intended to educate new drivers, and to help keep them and their passengers safe on the road.

Teenage drivers are found to be at fault in 66 percent of all fatal accidents in which they are involved, according to a Police Department news release. Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for all Americans 15 to 20 years old.

The Start Smart class is open to teens 15 to 19 years old. The teenage participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

To register, call (916) 808-6030, or sign up online via the Police Department’s website. Access the “Community Events” link on the left side of the home page and click on “Start Smart Program”. Follow the registration instructions after choosing the “Attend” link. Only one registration is needed per student/parent combination.

Funding for the program is provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.