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Marin CHP Targets Teen Driver Deaths

Offering a Smart Start, teen driving course this month.

CHP: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of Americans 15-20 years old. Patch archive photo
CHP: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of Americans 15-20 years old. Patch archive photo

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of Americans 15-20 years old; Marin County CHP hopes to bring awareness to local teen drivers, offering a one day course this month.

On Wed., Jan. 29, 7:00 p.m., the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will present a Start Smart Class at the CHP Marin Area Office which is located at 53 San Clemente Dr, Corte Madera, CA 94925.

The Start Smart program is a cooperative effort between the CHP, allied law enforcement agencies, teenagers, and their parents/guardians. The leading cause of death for Americans 15-20 years old is motor vehicle collisions. The goal of the class is to help young drivers and their parents understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. The class will also reveal how poor choices behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. The purpose of this program is to reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.

There is no cost for attending the class. Parents and new drivers interested in attending the class need to RSVP with the Marin CHP office by Tues., Jan. 28, at (415) 924-1100. Space is limited to the first 30 students and parents, additional classes will be scheduled as needed.

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