October 18th through the 24th is National Teen Driver Safety Week. During this time, the Sheriff's Department encourages parents talk with their teenagers about how safe and responsible driving habits can save their lives and those of others.
One way a new teen driver can learn about the rules of the road is by taking part in the Sheriff's Start Smart program.
The FREE two-hour class is designed for new drivers and their parents/guardians to teach them about their responsibilities while behind the wheel.
Deputies will discuss the conditions of a provisional license, as well as Social Host rules in San Diego County. Students and parents will also watch graphic videos which vividly show the dangers of impaired and distracted driving.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are a leading cause of death for teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19-years-old.
Parents: make teen driving safety a priority. Encourage your teenagers to enrolls in the Start Smart program. For a list of classes near you, visit: www.sdsheriff.net/startsmart.