California Highway Patrol hosts Smarts Start for teen drivers, families

The California Highway Patrol’s next installment of Smart Start will be Dec. 15 at the Santa Cruz Police Department Community Room, 155 Center St. in downtown Santa Cruz. “Start Smart is aimed at helping newly licensed and future licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver,” said Capt. Christina Manriquez in her letters to teens who have recently received their driver’s licenses. “The program was created in an effort to preemptively reduce the incidences of teen injuries and deaths resulting from motor vehicle collisions.” Statistics show that California’s teen drivers are more likely to get into crashes that cause death and injury than other motorists on the road. “Through candid conversations, officers in attendance will address these facts and provide examples of driving tendencies that put young drivers at risk,” she said. “This program will help you understand that driving is serious and a poor choice behind the wheel of a car can put your life and the lives of others in jeopardy.” The Dec. 15 Smart Start begins at 6 p.m. It is open to young drivers and their families. To R.S.V.P., call 662-0511.
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