OAKHURST – As many are aware, there has been a heartbreaking uptick in the number of fatal accidents on our roadways of late.
The Oakhurst CHP continues to keep pushing forward to correct unsafe driving. Not only have they been increasing their enforcement activity, but they want to encourage teens who are about to take their driving test to take advantage of free driving classes offered at the local CHP office. The next class is Saturday, Aug. 18.
Motor vehicle collisions nationwide are the leading cause of death for teenage drivers, and California has the second highest fatality rate involving drivers between the ages of 15-20.
The CHP is teaming up with local teenagers and their parents/guardians with a program called Start Smart, specifically geared toward the reduction of collisions and injuries involving teen drivers.
Start Smart addresses traffic safety issues that directly affect new drivers in a way no other program does. Start Smart speaks directly to the newly licensed drivers and their parents/guardians.
This program deals with collision avoidance techniques, collision-causing elements, driver responsibilities, a number of testimonials from parents whose children have perished in collisions, and local area traffic collision trends.
Start Smart makes teens and parents aware of the responsibilities they face and teaches what precautions to take to stay safe.
The Start Smart class will be held at the Oakhurst Area CHP Office from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 40500 Redbud Drive in Oakhurst. Please contact Officer Luis Lugo at 559-658-6611 to reserve your spot today.
A free class for senior drivers is being offered on the same day from 10 a.m. to noon. Click here for more information.
Two hours can save a life!