San Ramon class aims to help teen drivers 'Start Smart'

Distracted-driver simulator available before two-hour education course

California Highway Patrol (CHP) personnel are set to lead a class hoping to help young drivers start off on the right foot Tuesday evening at Dougherty Valley High School.

The "Start Smart" presentation, hosted by the San Ramon Valley Street Smarts program, is a two-hour driver safety education course for new and prospective teen drivers and their parents or guardians.

"Driving can be dangerous for teens," Street Smarts coordinator Dolores Pita said in a statement. "Teen drivers are more likely to get into traffic collisions than any other age group. Even more troubling is the fact that motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death for teens aged 15 to 19."

During the "Start Smart" class, CHP officers will discuss key factors associated with crashes involving teen drivers, as well as provide tips for avoiding collisions and outline responsibilities for young drivers and their parents.

Organizers recommend parents and children attend the event together. They also point out that the presentation includes graphic crash images.

The class runs from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the performing arts center at Dougherty Valley High, 10550 Albion Road in San Ramon. Attendees can try a distracted-driver simulator beforehand, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

"Start Smart" is free and open to teens and parents in the San Ramon Valley and beyond. To register, visit the event webpage. For more information, contact Pita at 973-2581 or

Street Smarts is a 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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2 people like this
Posted by Rick Luciano
a resident of Danville
on May 4, 2016 at 10:14 am

Every beginning teenage driver should be required to take this class. Most teenagers drive with their head up there #*#, on the cell phone, radio on....The more friends they have in the car, the worse it is.

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