Start Smart Program in Partnership
with the California Highway Patrol
“Start Smart” is a two-hour driver safety education class given by the California Highway Patrol to new and future teenage drivers and their parents/legal guardians. During the event, CHP officers will discuss collision factors associated with teen drivers, collision avoidance techniques, and driver/parent responsibilities.
“It Happens,” a campaign of the Street Smarts Program, teaches high school students safe driving habits and encourages students to walk, bike, carpool, and take transit to school. In fall 2013, “It Happens” hosted a two-day event at each high school to get students thinking about transportation safety.
The first day consisted of lunchtime activities about driving safety (a crashed car on display, walking a line with vision-impaired goggles, a prize wheel with trivia questions, and other hands-on games).
After the driving safety day, “It Happens” hosted a Bike/Walk to School Day that rewarded participating students with prizes. Rates of participation doubled at some schools:
2013 Bike/Walk to School Day Participation
San Ramon Valley High
Monte Vista High
Dougherty Valley High
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