“Start Smart”

Start Smart teen driving program by the San Diego County Sheriffs Department

The Start Smart Program is an opportunity for new drivers and their parents/guardians to clearly understand their responsibilities when a teen starts to drive. Taught by trained law enforcement personnel, it creates awareness of possible consequences, both financial and physical, of distracted or impaired driving, and provides applicable information about collision prevention. The class also clarifies the restrictions of the Provisional License Law and touches on social host ordinances. The often-graphic videos and daunting statistics provide a powerful reality check that lingers long after the classroom instruction.

Following the two-hour class, each teen is presented a certificate of completion along with a custom-designed key-chain bearing the theme of the Teen Safe Driving Program, which will serve as a reminder each time he or she starts the car. This is a concerted effort intended to reduce the risks associated with teen driving.

We encourage you to contact your local Sheriff’s station to sign up for a Start Smart class in your area. A schedule of upcoming classes appears below.

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UPCOMING CLASSES

ALPINE STATION
Registration Required: (619) 659-2608
Aug. 28, 2014
6:00 pm
Viejas Training Center, Training Room 1
5000 Willows Rd., Alpine
 
ENCINITAS STATION
Registration Required: (760) 966-3500

No classes scheduled at this time

FALLBROOK SUBSTATION
Registration Required: (760) 451-3121

No classes scheduled at this time

IMPERIAL BEACH SUBSTATION
Registration Required: (619) 498-2417
Aug. 28, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Behind Imperial Beach City Hall
825 Imperial Beach Blvd. Imperial Beach
 
Oct. 30, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Behind Imperial Beach City Hall
825 Imperial Beach Blvd. Imperial Beach
 
LEMON GROVE SUBSTATION
Registration Required: (619) 337-2058

No classes scheduled at this time

POWAY STATION
Additional Information: (858) 513-2843
Aug. 20, 2014
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Poway High School Room K1
15500 Espola Rd., Poway
Click to register online
Aug. 28, 2014
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Poway High School Room K1
15500 Espola Rd., Poway
Click to register online
RAMONA SUBSTATION
Registration Required: (760) 738-2491

No classes scheduled at this time

RANCHO SAN DIEGO STATION
Registration Required: (619) 660-7090

No classes scheduled at this time

SAN MARCOS STATION
Register at door 6pm / Bring a parent
Sep. 3, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm
San Marcos Community Center - Main Hall
3 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos
 
Sep. 16, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm
San Marcos Community Center - Main Hall
3 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos
 
Oct. 7, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm
San Marcos Community Center - Main Hall
3 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos
 
Nov. 5, 2014
6:30 - 8:30 pm
San Marcos Community Center - Main Hall
3 Civic Center Dr., San Marcos
 
SANTEE STATION
Additional Info: (619) 956-4022
Sept. 24, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Santana High School Tech Bldg. 804
9915 Magnolia Ave., Santee
Click to register online
Oct. 15, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm
West Hills High School Theater
8756 Mast Blvd., Santee
Click to register online
VALLEY CENTER SUBSTATION
Registration Required: (760) 751-4400

No classes scheduled at this time

VISTA STATION
Registration Required: (760) 940-4551 ‘Start Smart’

No classes scheduled at this time

CLASS FEEDBACK

"The meeting had a lot of great information and I believe left a positive impression upon my daughter who will be getting her permit soon. I hope more high schools mandate students to take your course in order to gain parking privileges. Truly seeing the effects of distracted and impaired driving in the videos and other presentations does a far better job than any one parent telling their child to ‘drive safe.’"

"Thank you for such a GREAT presentation. I think it really helped reinforce what we’ve been preaching to my daughter. Thanks again and keep up the great community service!"

"Thank you so much for hosting the Smart Start program last night. It was awesome! We all enjoyed it and found it very informative."

"Thanks for the class; that was quite moving for me."

"The impact emotionally was quite apparent. Tissue time… Your guest speaker deserves a lot of thanks."

"I want to thank you and the rest of the team for putting on the Smart Start presentation last night. My daughter (as was I) was very humbled and thoughtful afterwards so I hope it sticks! Please thank the rest of the team for us as well."

"Last night’s class was amazing, scary and so real. My daughter came away from there saying she doesn’t want to drive! I am SOOOO ok with that!!! I told her it is good to be scared, because that means she understands how dangerous a car can be if you are not paying attention. Thank you so much, please let us know when you are having another one, I will encourage more parents to attend with their children."

"Thank you for offering this program to our teens. You were awesome!"

"I know our son walked away from the class taking driving more seriously and has a better understanding of the severe consequences for making bad choices behind the wheel."

"I hope that all East County high schools make this a mandatory class for teen drivers."

"Hopefully the Sheriff’s Department can afford to make educating teen drivers a priority in these tough economic times; it’s very much worth it!"

"Thank you again for your dedication and compassion in keeping our loved ones safe!"

"We have been telling everyone we come across the benefits of the information they would receive from attending this class."

"Thank you again for the opportunity to experience this with my teen driver."

"After seeing the videos and getting this information from the deputy I know that I will be a good driver when I get my license."

"This workshop has taught me how I can teach [my son] so that I can feel more confident about letting him have the car."