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CHP accepting sign-ups for teen driver safety class

The California Highway Patrol's North Sacramento area office is accepting sign-ups for a free driver safety education class targeting teenagers and their parents.

The Start Smart class is designed for prospective and newly licensed drivers 15 to 19 years old, along with their parents or guardians. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 24 in the conference room of the Sacramento Water and Sewer Treatment Plant, 5026 Don Julio Blvd., at the northeast corner of Elkhorn and Don Julio boulevards.

The class will cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws, alcohol-related driving laws and the provisional license process. The session will feature videos and discussion, and participants will have an opportunity to ask questions of CHP officers.

To register for the class, email Officer Jenna Berry at, or call 916-348-2300. The first and last names of teens attending should be provided when registering so that a certificate of completion can be presented at the end of the class. The CHP encourages at least one parent or guardian to attend the class with their teen driver.

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.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy