Statistically, driving is one of the most dangerous things a person can do, especially if the driver is under 21, according to authorities.
To help educate young people about safety behind the wheel, the Madera District office of The California Highway Patrol will conduct a free Smart Start driving class for persons 15 to 19 years old, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the CHP office, 3051 Airport Drive. The class is scheduled to last 1 1/2 hours.
Sgt. Michael Donnelly said the class would be limited to 20 teens, but is open to parents and teens alike. Parents would not be required to stay, he said.
“The class stresses the dangers and avoidance of what we call the primary collision factors: Speed, following too close and unsafe lane changes, distracted driving, driving with cell phones, the radio, friends, or other distractions..