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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday March 17th, 2022 :: 07:34 p.m. PDT


News Story-Thousand Oaks Start Smart Program

Nature of Incident: Police Department Offers “Start Smart” Driving Program for Young Adult Drivers
Thousand Oaks Police Station
2101 E. Olsen Road - Community Room
Date & Time: Thursday, April 14th, 2022, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department - Traffic Bureau
The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be hosting a program to educate newly licensed and future licensed drivers on April 14th 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/students are asked to call the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau at (805) 494-8200.  Space is limited and there is no charge to attend the program.
We will adhere to the current State of California and Covid-19 regulations, and we ask that each student attending only bring one parent if they need to.  If you need to cancel your attendance, please notify our traffic office as soon as possible to help free up space for other students.     
Prepared by:
Deputy Mike Sinacori
Media Follow-Up Contact:
News Release Date:
Deputy Mike Sinacori
[email protected] (805) 494-8200
March 17,2022
Approved by:
Captain Dean Cook

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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