The Santa Maria office of the California Highway Patrol has openings available for the next Start Smart class for new drivers, 6-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. 

Anyone who is interested in enrolling their sons or daughters (15-20 years) in this free one time, two-hour class can make reservations by calling the Santa Maria CHP area office at 805.349.8728. The class will be held at the California Highway Patrol office at 1710 N. Carlotti Drive, Santa Maria.

Start Smart addresses traffic safety issues that directly affect new drivers in a way no other program does, and speaks directly to newly licensed drivers and their parents/guardians. Some of the topics of this class include: collision avoidance techniques; collision-causing elements; driver responsibilities; and local collision trends.

For reservations, information or questions, please contact the Santa Maria CHP office at 805.349.8728.