CHP’s “Start Smart” Program for Teen Drivers
Fran Clader, the Director of Communications for the California Highway Patrol (CHP), recently issued a press release about the “Start Smart” teen driving program. This program is designed to address new-driver issues for both teenagers and their parents. This free course is offered by the California Highway Patrol in hopes of reducing the traditionally high risk of traffic crashes for new teenage drivers.
The 411 on Teen Crashes
• Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the U.S.
• Across America, about eight teenagers die in crashes every day.
• The first two years of driving are when teens are most likely to crash in their entire lifetime.
• The crash risk increases with the addition of teen passengers.
• Crash risk is especially high the first few months after getting a license.
“Start Smart” is a free two-hour class for both teens and their parents or guardians. During the class, teens and parents will hear from law enforcement officers with the CHP about fatal collisions involving teenage drivers. Additionally, there will be plenty of information on collision avoidance techniques, elements that cause collisions, driver responsibility, seat belts, decision making and parental roles. Finally, the program will also provide testimonials from parents who have lost children in collisions. The program has been funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Parents and teenagers who are interested in the “Start Smart” program can contact their local CHP offices.
Handing Over the Keys
It’s difficult enough to hand over the keys, without worrying about every other driver on the road. The “Start Smart” program can help to give parents peace of mind about their teen drivers. This class is a great way to talk about responsibility, safety and accountability. It’s also an easy way to talk to teens about driver safety issues without always being the ‘bad guy.’
After a Crash
After any type of crash, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the complex waters of a personal injury case. Dealing with multiple insurance companies can be an overwhelming process.