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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday April 5th, 2023 :: 10:43 a.m. PDT


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

Nature of Incident: Thousand Oaks Police Department Offers “Start Smart” Driving Program for Young Adult Drivers
Location: Thousand Oaks Police Station - 2101 E. Olsen Road – Community Room
Date & Time: 5/11/2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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 May 11th 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.
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.
Prepared by: Deputy Chris Riggs  
News Release Date: 04/05/2023  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Chris Riggs
[email protected]
Approved by: Captain Dean Cook

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

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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