The Tucson Police Driving Instructors & SALEF are excited to announce the return of START classes!  We begin with classes on August 29th, September 12 and September 26.  Each date will have a 7am and Noon class to choose from. 

Registration for the August and September classes will open August 1st at 9am.  Registration must take place online.

START will present the classes with the Covid 19 precautions in place at the time of the classes in line with the CDC and school guidelines.

REGISTRATION forms will appear below on August 1st.

TPD Officers are helping to save teen drivers lives!

Registration form(s) will appear at the bottom of this page once the class registration process opens.  Watch for updated information on this website or on Facebook.

Classes do fill very quickly!!!!

You can register for free. 

A donation to SALEF of $50 is suggested and will help us sustain the program.  A donation in support of the START program can be made during registration or anytime!

Car accidents are the leading killer of American teens and experts say that inadequate training is one of the leading contributing factors in these crashes. Teens get on the roads with very little behind-the-wheel experience  and lack the skills they need to drive safely.  Many teens are also susceptible to the temptations of their electronic devices and other distractions.    Professional driving instructors from the Tucson Police Department are here to help.

The S.T.A.R.T. program provides teen drivers with critical information on decision-making, judgement and basic motor vehicle driving skills related to commonly encountered collision factors.  The behind-the-wheel portion consists of six exercises:

  1. Evasive Steering
  2. Controlled Braking
  3. Basic Skid Control
  4. Off-Road/Pavement Recovery
  5. Anti-lock Brake System Familiarization
  6. Distracted Driving Simulator

Teens have an opportunity to attend a 5-hour class at the Tucson Police Academy,  located at 10001 South Wilmot Road, where the hands-on, behind-the-wheel training takes place on a state of the art closed driving course.  Classes are scheduled throughout the school year, between September and May.

The classes are taught by Tucson Police Department officers who are professional driving instructors. Vehicles are provided by the Tucson Police Department and Jim Click Automotive.

Classes begin promptly at designated start times. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Allow extra travel time to avoid traffic delays. Parent signatures are required for drivers under 18. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Bring your license, proof of insurance and waiver forms to class or email to andrea.fierros@tucsonaz.gov:  START Waiver_Release_mgrev. (00591340xC01F0)

***YOU MUST HAVE A DRIVERS LICENSE (no permits accepted).  Please do not register with a ‘permit’.  

Once you complete the registration process, please complete and submit the START WAIVER/PHOTO RELEASE to Andrea Fierros at andrea.fierros@tucsonaz.gov prior to your class date/time.  THANK YOU!

Questions?  Please call Andrea Fierros (520) 837-7235 or email andrea.fierros@tucsonaz.gov

Snacks and drinks are provided. Certificates will be awarded at completion of the training course along with souvenirs as our thanks for attending.

Classes begin promptly at designated start times. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Allow extra travel time to avoid traffic delays. Parent signatures are required for drivers under 18. NO EXCEPTIONS.  Bring your license, proof of insurance and waiver forms to class or email to andrea.fierros@tucsonaz.gov          

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