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Sacramento police offer driver safety class for teens, parents

A free driver safety class for teenage drivers and their parents or guardians will be offered next week by the Sacramento Police Department.

The Start Smart class will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Hall of Honor at the Public Safety Center, 5770 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. It is open to teen drivers 15 to 19 years old, and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The class is intended to help educate young driver, who often lack the experience needed to safely handle various driving situations, according to a Police Department news release. Officials note that motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years old.

Online registration for the class is available 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 instructions on how to register after choosing the “attend” link next to Start Smart November. The student’s name should be be placed in the registration box.

Registration also is available by calling (916) 808-6030. Only one registration is needed per student/parent combination.

The program is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.