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CHP taking sign-ups for March driver safety class for teens, parents

A driver safety class for new and prospective teenage drivers will be presented March 16 by the California Highway Patrol’s North Sacramento office.

The CHP’s Start Smart program is designed for drivers age 15 to 19 and their parents or guardians. The session 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 for participants to ask CHP officers questions.

The class is free.

The March 16 class is 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 Foothill Farms.

To register for the class, call Officer Jenna Berry at 916-348-2300, or email her at The first and last name of the participating teenager should be provided when registering so a certificate of completion can be presented at the end of the class. A parent or guardian is encouraged to attend the class with the teen.

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

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy