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CHP Start Smart Class Helps Teen Drivers

Each year hundreds of Nevada County teenagers get their first drivers license. The greatest number of collisions in Nevada County involve a teen driver 16-19 years old. To help lower the chance of a collision, the California Highway Patrol offers a Start Smart Class for teen drivers to help them realize the challenges of driving in Nevada County.
The class focuses on general driving safety and high probability collision scenarios. The class also has localized topics.

Click here to listen to Officer Greg Tassone

Classes are held at the Grass Valley CHP Office on McCourtney Road.
The next Start Smart Class is in late September. Contact the Grass Valley CHP for more information.

One message that the California Highway Patrol’s Start Smart class addresses is the teen drivers perception of themselves as invincible. After introductions and a quick class overview, co-teachers, Officers Greg Tassone and Mark Morrison show the movie Blood on the Asphalt 5. The most recent iteration containing graphic images of teen drivers after horrific collisions that could have been avoided. The purpose of the film is to heighten awareness of the dangers of driving including distracted driving. Start Smart class participants are teen drivers and their parents. Sharon Whitlock brought her daughter Margaret to the class because they don’t get this information anywhere else.

Click here to listen to Sharon Whitlock

According to CHP data, 108 teen driver involved collisions occurred in Nevada County over the last twelve months. Four of those included one or more fatality.

Margaret already has her license but finds the course extremely informative.

Click here to listen to Margaret

Margaret also found the data too be staggering.

Click here to listen to Margaret

The Start Smart Class is a two hour driver awareness class the CHP periodically offers for teens and their parents. Classes are held at the Grass Valley CHP Office on McCourtney Road.
The next Start Smart Class is in late September. Contact the Grass Valley CHP for more information.

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