As a parent, I understand how the teenage years of our children’s life can be very stressful, especially when they start driving. We worry about their safety and sometimes teenagers don’t like to listen to their parents. Luckily the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau will host the Start Smart Teen Safety Program from 6 to 9 pm. on Thursday, April 14 at the Thousand Oaks Police Station Community Room, 2101 E. Olsen Road.

Car crashes have been the number one killer amongst teens. According to the police department, teens are more likely to be reckless drivers including driving under the influence.

The Start Smart Program is an effort brought to our community by the Thousand Oaks Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and concerned parents and teens. This effort will help parents and guardians show their teens how one bad decision behind the wheel can change the lives of everyone involved. The goal is to help teens to make more conscious and responsible decisions to lower teen motor accidents and deaths.

Space is limited to 20 students along with parents and guardians. There is no fee to attend this event. For more information and to make a reservation, parents and guardians can call the traffic bureau at (805) 494-8271.

Program located at 2101 E. Olsen Road in the Thousand Oaks Police Station community room.

Program located at 2101 E. Olsen Road in the Thousand Oaks Police Station community room.