Car crashes are the number one killer amongst teens. According to the police department, teens are significantly more likely to be reckless drivers, including driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

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 the safety of others.  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 on Wednesday June 15th from 6 to 9 pm for newly licensed and future drivers at the police station’s East County Community Room.

The Start Smart Program is a cooperative effort brought to our community by the Thousand Oaks Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and concerned parents and teens. This program 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 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.  This safety program is a good start to being behind the wheel and on the road.

Check out this video for the key to safe teen driving.