The Tucson Police Driving Instructors & SALEF are excited to announce the return of START classes! 

August & September classes are full.  DON’T WORRY!  TPD plans to offer START classes each month (depending on Covid restrictions) through May 2021.  Please check back regularly to this page or ‘like’ the START program on Facebook to receive updates and when registration opens for the October START classes.

START class participants will be required to follow the Covid 19 mandatory guidelines that are in place at the time the classes take place.  PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU REGISTER TO ATTEND AN AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER START CLASS.  YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BRING AND WEAR YOUR OWN FACE MASK.    ALSO, DO NOT BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLES…BOTTLED WATER & DRINKS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE START PROGRAM.

TPD Officers are helping to save teen drivers lives!

October 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 August and May.

ALL AUGUST & SEPTEMBER CLASSES ARE FULL.

Register here for August 29, 7am Class

Register here for August 29, 12 noon Class

Register here for September 12, 7am Class

Register here for September 12, 12 noon Class

Register here for September 26, 7am Class

Register here for September 26, 12 noon Class

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!

DOWNLOAD WAIVER FORMS

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

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’.  

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        

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.