Newly-licensed or soon-to-be licensed teenage drivers between 14-19 and a parent or guardian are invited to participate in a free two-hour Start Smart interactive safe driving awareness class scheduled 10 a.m. to noon, July 16, in the community room of the Oakhurst Branch Library.
“The class is aimed at helping teens become more aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver,” said Kaci Lutz, a California Highway Patrol officer serving the Oakhurst area who will be conducting the class.
Lutz said the class will illustrate how “poor choices” behind the wheel of a vehicle can affect the lives of numerous people. It will also focus on the responsibilities of newly-licensed drivers, the responsibilities of parents and guardians and collision avoidance techniques.
According to statistics, motor vehicle collisions are the No. 1 killer of teens and their risk of collision is four times that of an experienced driver. The risk is highest when teens are in the first 12 to 24 months of licensure.
Lutz has been a uniformed officer with the CHP for nine years, and currently serves as Community Outreach and Public Event Officer for the CHP in Oakhurst.
The Smart Start class for teen drivers is a free event sponsored by the Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library.
Details: (559) 683-4838 or visit www.oakhurstfobl.com. For more specific information about the class, contact Lutz at (559) 658-6611.
Oakhurst Branch Library