Monday, Sep. 10, 2012
CHP will urge teens to 'Start Smart'
The California Highway Patrol Los Banos office will hold a driver safety course for teens next week.
A Start Smart presentation is planned Sept. 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CHP office, 706 W. Pacheco Blvd.
The presentation is aimed at new and soon-to-be drivers ages 15 to 19. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
Officer Matt Pinheiro, a CHP spokesman, said the class is an effective way to mold safe drivers. He said the presentation will be full of little known facts and information.
(For example), most people dont know from when youre born to when you turn 80, the highest rate of death is the first year you start driving, Pinheiro said.
The crash rate per mile driven is three times as high for 16-year-olds as it is for 18- to 19-year-olds, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety website. And, the crash rate per mile driven for 16- to 19-year-olds is about three times the risk for drivers 20 and older.
The Start Smart class includes a video with media footage, still photography and testimonies, according to the press release.
The driver death rate per population in 2010 was 7.2 deaths per 100,000 16- to 19-year-olds, compared with 6.5 deaths per 100,000 people ages 20 and older, according to the IIHS website.
Fifty-nine percent of teenage passenger deaths in 2010 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager, the website states.
Funding for the Start Smart program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Space is limited. To reserve a seat, call Pinheiro at (209) 826-3811.