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CHP Offers Safe Driving Classes for Teens, Parents

"Start Smart" is geared to new or soon-to-be drivers.

Hazards associated with inexperienced teen drivers are well-documented. Recently, though the problem of teens texting while driving has created new, alarming concerns. Parents — and young drivers — might want to take advantage of a new driving safety program.

The California Highway Patrol in Contra Costa County is offering a series of driver safety education class that focus on new and future licensed drivers 15 to 19 years old and to their parents or legal guardians.

The "Start Smart" two-hour instruction is open for enrollment. For information call the CHP's Contra Costa Office at 925-646-4980 or visit the office in person at 5001 Blum Road in Martinez.

Teen drivers are found at fault in 66 percent of of fatal vehicle collisions that they are involved in, although they only represent 4% of the state's  licensed drivers, according to the CHP. The leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 20 years  old is vehicle collisions.

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