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CHP offers ‘Start Smart’ class for teen drivers, parents

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

The “Start Smart” class is designed for newly licensed and prospective drivers age 15 to 19 years old and their parents or guardians. It 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 provides an opportunity to ask questions of CHP officers.

The class is offered free of charge. It will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the conference room at the Sacramento Water and Sewer Plant, 5026 Don Julio Blvd., on the northeast corner of Elkhorn and Don Julio boulevards.

Parents and guardians may sign up for the class by emailing Officer Jenna Berry at or Officer Chad Hertzell at A private message also may be sent to Officer Hertzell at or Twitter @chpnsac. Those registering are asked to provide the first and last name of the teens attending so they can receive a certificate of completion at the end of the class.

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