2016-08-04 / Community

Program goes beyond driver’s ed

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will host a free Start Smart program to educate newly licensed and future drivers from 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 11 at the police station’s East County Community Room.

Nationwide, 43 percent of first-year drivers and 37 percent of second-year drivers are involved in car crashes. Drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than those 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

The Start Smart program is designed to help young drivers and their parents or guardians under- stand the responsibilities associated with driving and show how a poor choice behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved.

Start Smart is a cooperative effort between the California Highway Patrol, Thousand Oaks Police Department, teenage drivers and their parents or guardians.

For more information or to make a reservation, parents and guardians can call the Thousand Oaks Police Department traffic bureau at (805) 494-8271.

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