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Free CHP courses target teenagers, the elderly
VICTORVILLE • Through free monthly classes for teenagers and elderly drivers, the Victorville California Highway Patrol is working to improve roadway safety and prevent accidents.
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, the California Highway Patrol will hold its next “Start Smart” course for teenagers at the Victorville CHP office on Amargosa Road. The two-hour class is designed to help teen drivers stay safe on the road by teaching them about high-risk behaviors and how to prevent them, according to CHP spokesperson Matt Hunt.
Teenagers are required to attend with a parent to ensure that both parties receive important information about how to stay safe, Hunt said.
With national statistics reporting that a teenager is killed in a traffic collision every 70 minutes, Hunt said he is passionate about raising awareness and teaching teenagers how to be safe.
In addition to the “Start Smart” course, a second course called “Age Well, Drive Smart” is a 90-minute course designed to cover the challenges senior drivers face on the roads today, Hunt said. The next course is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the CHP office.
“We’re trying to prepare people to drive safely,” Hunt explained. “The more you think about safety, the more you’re going to be on top of your driving.”
For more information about these programs or to make reservations, call (760) 241-1186.
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