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CHP Offers Free Driving Course for Bay Area Teens Throughout April 2014

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The California Highway Patrol is hosting a series of driver safety classes for Bay Area teens from Napa to San Jose at several locations in April. The CHP’s “Start Smart” program is a teen driver safety course designed to teach young people safe driving habits. CHP officers will discuss traffic collision avoidance techniques, collision causing factors, driver and parent responsibilities, and seatbelt usage.

Additionally, testimonies will be provided by officers who have investigated fatal collisions involving teens, and by family members who have lost love ones in traffic collisions. According to the CHP, traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for Americans between 15 and 20 years old. Most classes are offered during the evening hours and are free to attend. A list of locations and times can be found online at

Those who want to attend should call ahead to reserve space.

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