March 18th, 2013| March 18, 2013 Numbers from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association show the number of fatal teen motor vehicle collisions saw a 19 percent increase in the first six months of last year compared to the same time period the previous year. In an effort to reduce this growing number of deadly California Car Accidents, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has announced it will be offering two more sessions of its “Start Smart” traffic safety class. An article from KSBY News explains the classes will be conducted on the evenings of March 6 and 20 at the CHP’s Santa Maria office located on North Carlotti Drive. The course is free of charge and lasts approximately two hours. Participants in the program will receive instruction on how to safely operate a vehicle, as well as learning tips on ways to prevent an accident from occurring. Testimonies from officers who have investigated fatal accidents involving teens and families who have lost loved ones to such collisions will also be heard. Anyone wishing to participate in the program has been encouraged to get in touch with the CHP at (805) 349-8728. The California Injury Attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers applaud the program being offered for its efforts in reducing the number of teenage accident fatalities. The firm is hopeful the campaign is successful in its mission!