Two driving courses aim to help young and young at heart navigate roads safely

Driving information courses abound in Santa Cruz for new and experienced motorists seeking knowledge about the challenges their age group faces while behind the wheel. The AARP is offering its senior driver course 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25 at the Louden Nelson Senior Center, 301, Center St., Santa Cruz. Attendees must go to both courses to earn a certificate of completion and qualify for a discount of up to 10 percent with their insurance company. A refresher course for those who've already taken the class is 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the same location. Pre-registration is required for both courses. For information, Call Fred Dunn-Ruiz at 426-6472 or visit and type in driver safety in the search field. Meanwhile, the California Highway Patrol is offering its last Start Smart driving class of the 2011-12 school year for teens and their families 6 p.m. Thursday, May 24 in the Santa Cruz Police Department's Community Room, 155 Center Street. Some summer courses will be offered, but families that plan to be on vacation may want to get into this class. The course offers teens a certificate of completion at its conclusion. For information, call officer Sarah Jackson at 662-0511.
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