'Start Smart' program focuses on teen-driving safety

CHP presentation set for Wednesday night at Monte Vista High

California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials are set to offer a two-hour driver safety education class to new and future teenage drivers and their parents Wednesday night at the Monte Vista High School Theater in Danville.

The "Start Smart" event, organized by the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts traffic-safety program, will focus on factors associated with crashes involving teen drivers, strategies to avoid collisions and responsibilities for teen drivers and their parents.

"Driving is dangerous for teens. Teen drivers are more likely to get into traffic collisions than any other age group," said Dolores Pita, Street Smarts coordinator. "What causes teens and teenage drivers to be at such risk?"

That question, and others, will be addressed during the educational program, scheduled to run from 7-9 p.m. at the theater, 3131 Stone Valley Road, Pita said.

Officials recommend teenagers and their parents attend the event together. The CHP presentation will contain graphic images of car crashes.

To register for the free event, visit the RSVP webpage. For more information, contact Pita at 973-2581 or

Street Smarts is a collaborative partnership among the San Ramon Valley school and fire districts, the town of Danville, city of San Ramon, Contra Costa County and the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs.

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