CHP offers free teen driver class

By: Staff Report
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The leading cause of death for Americans 15-20 years old is motor vehicle collisions.

In an effort to reduce motor vehicle collisions in California, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Valley Division offers a free Impact Teen Drivers class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at CHP Valley Division, 2555 1st Ave., in  Sacramento. The class is held during Teen Safe Driving Safety Week.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers.The goal of the Teen Safe Driving Safety Week is to raise awareness and seek solutions to unnecessary teen deaths on our Nations roads. 

Impact Teen Drivers will cover the dangers of reckless and distracted driving—the No. 1 killer of young people in America. Graduated Drivers Licensing requirements will be discussed and questions answered. CHP and Impact Teen Drivers have been working collaboratively since 2008 to stop reckless and distracted driving. The idea for Impact Teen Drivers was conceived by Jon Hamm, CEO for the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, in response to the high frequency of crashes involving teens to which CHP officers respond.

The class will also cover collision avoidance techniques, driver responsibility, collision trends, distracted driving laws and the provisional license process. The program offers an opportunity for new drivers and parents/guardians to ask CHP officers clarifying questions. The class will include hands-on driving techniques to include parallel parking techniques, pre-trip vehicle inspections, how to properly change a tire and will help identify safety components in a vehicle – air bags, crumple zones and seatbelt retractor systems.

Parents/guardians interested in signing up for the class need to register by calling 731-6300. Space is limited. Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend the class with their teen driver.

Funding for CHP’s Impact Teen Drivers programs are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Administration.