Sunday, February 28, 2021

CHP ‘Shift Gears’ with new, revised Teen Driver Program

Collisions remain the number one killer of American teenagers, killing almost as many drivers as passengers, and killing more kids than homicide or suicide. The same holds true in California. Saving teen lives through education is a mission of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), which is providing a new, revitalized “Start Smart” teen safe driving program.

The “Start Smart” program is an Office of Traffic Safety funded grant and has been in place for over eleven years. The program is focused on providing comprehensive traffic safety education classes for teens along with their parents/guardians. The classes are facilitated by approximately 103 trained CHP Public Information Officers (PIO) and offered in schools, CHP offices, and community centers statewide.

The Start Smart program utilizes innovative techniques to capture the attention of teens and parents, providing a lasting learning experience. The curriculum is built based on collision statistics, teen driver and passenger behaviors, graduated driver license (GDL) laws, cultural changes in today’s society, and the need for stronger parental involvement.

“Education is the most important aspect of a new driver’s ability to develop positive driving habits,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “Programs like ‘Start Smart’ are geared towards influencing and educating California’s teen drivers to make the right choices when they get behind the wheel.”

Parents and teenagers can sign up for a free “Start Smart” class by contacting their local CHP office. To locate a CHP office near you, visit

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr, Editor
Lloyd Green Jr. is the Owner and Publisher of the Williams Pioneer Review. He is dedicated in publishing the news and informing the community of Colusa County. Lloyd has been with the publication since 2008, and purchased the business in 2010. Under his ownership the newspaper has grown significantly in subscriptions, publishes weekly, and obtained the title of Newspaper of General Circulation by the Superior Court of Colusa County in Sept. 2017. Lloyd is also the director of advertising, classified manager, legal notice clerk, and circulation manager. To contact Lloyd, email him at or call (530) 458-4141 ext. 100.

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