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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday January 15th, 2020 :: 04:15 p.m. PST

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Police Department Offers “Start Smart” Driving Program for Young Adult Drivers

Nature of Incident: Police Department Offers “Start Smart” Driving Program for Young Adult Drivers

Location:
Thousand Oaks Police Station
2101 E. Olsen Road - Community Room
Date & Time: Thursday, February 13th, 2020, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department - Traffic Bureau

Narrative:
The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be hosting a program to educate newly licensed and future licensed drivers on February 13th at the Thousand Oaks Police Station Community Room. The “Start Smart” Driving Program is a cooperative effort between the California Highway Patrol, Thousand Oaks Police Department, teenage drivers, and their parents.

Nationwide, 43 percent of first-year drivers and 37 percent of second-year drivers are involved in car crashes. The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash.

In an attempt to remain proactive and not reactive, the Start Smart Program is designed to help young drivers and their parents/guardians understand the responsibilities associated with driving a motor vehicle. Start Smart will show how a poor choice behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. Our goal is to raise awareness and reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.

To make a reservation, interested parents are asked to call the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau at (805) 494-8271. Space is limited to 25 students and their parents. There is no charge to attend the program.

Prepared by: Deputy Mike Sinacori

Media Follow-Up Contact:
News Release Date:
Deputy Mike Sinacori
michael.sinacori@ventura.org
(805) 494-8290

January 15, 2020

Approved by: Captain Don Aguilar
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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

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