CHP offers class to make driving safer for teens

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Teen drivers and their parents or guardians can take part in Start Smart, a safe-driving class put on by the California Highway Patrol.

The next program will be 6 p.m. Wednesday at Bakersfield 420 Club, 3910 Alfred Harrell Hwy. The free class is scheduled to last two hours.

The CHP says more than 5,000 teens are killed and another 375,000 are injured nationally each year in traffic crashes.

"The first year behind the wheel for a teen driver can be one of the most dangerous times of their life. Teens are far more likely to be killed in a vehicle collision than in anything else," CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said in a July 2013 news release. "Developing safe driving habits is the first step toward avoiding a collision."

Call the Bakersfield CHP Office at (661) 864-4444 to sign up.