Teens learn to start smart

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Teens learn to start smart

Destanie Owens excited to go to the Start Smart program.

Destanie Owens excited to go to the Start Smart program.

Mackenzie Miller

Destanie Owens excited to go to the Start Smart program.

Mackenzie Miller

Mackenzie Miller

Destanie Owens excited to go to the Start Smart program.

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Start Smart is aimed at helping newly-licensed or soon-to-be-licensed teenage drivers become more aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The newly-licensed teenage driver and their parents/guardians are invited to attend and participate in a free two-hour long Start Smart class, usually hosted at a local California Highway Patrol office. CHP officers speak directly to the newly-licensed driver and their parents/guardians through candid conversations, discussing topics such as collision avoidance techniques along with collision causing elements such as: excessive speed, DUI, and distracted driving. Start Smart makes teens and parents aware of the responsibilities they face and teaches what precautions to take to stay safe, such as the importance of seat belt safety, driving with passengers in the vehicle, and what to do when involved in a collision.

Mackenzie Miller attended a class on March 20th, 2019 and really enjoyed being able to take this opportunity to learn about things that she never thought could happen. Officer Robert Rodriguez of the Bakersfield CHP station was the main speaker for the class itself.

The next class is April 16th and you need to register at https://www.chp.ca.gov/Programs-Services/Programs/Youth-Programs where you can also learn more about the program itself.