News Story


Start Smart Teen Safety Program
1/26/2016 1:35:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Start Smart Teen Safety Program


Thousand Oaks Police Station ' Community Room

Date & Time:

Thursday, February 11th, 2016 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau


Did you know that

Did you know that car crashes are the No. 1 killer of teens in the U.S' Teens are more likely to speed, run red - lights, make illegal turns, ride with an intoxicated driver, and drive after using alcohol or drugs.


The Thousand Oaks Police Department will be hosting a driving safety program to help save your teen's life. It is called Start Smart, and is a cooperative effort between the Thousand Oaks Police Department, California Highway Patrol, teenage drivers, and you, their parents.


Why such a need' Because every day 8 teens across the country die in alcohol and drug related crashes. In addition, it's alarming to know that only 55% of high school students reported that they always wear a seatbelt. 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 help make your child's driving experience safe, raise their awareness and reduce the number of teen-related injuries and deaths due to collisions.


Interested parents are asked to call the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau at 805-494-8271 for more information and to make a reservation. Space is limited to 20 students and their parents. There is no charge to attend the program.


Prepared by:

Deputy Marcos Moreno


Media Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Deputy Marcos Moreno  (805) 371 -8325


Approved by:

Captain James Fryhoff