The Tucson Police Driving Instructors & SALEF were hoping to resume START classes however due to Covid-19 safety concerns we have postponed classes until further notice.

TPD and SALEF want to make sure all involved stay safe and healthy and therefore have chosen to cancel classes.  Should the Covid-19 concerns and restrictions ease, we will notify you with updates on this page and on social media.

Please watch FB or visit the START web page at www.soazlef.org/start for updates.

If you have any questions, please contact the foundation at info@soazlef.org.

Should classes open up, START class participants will be required to follow the Covid-19 mandatory guidelines that are in place at the time the classes take place.  

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 usually scheduled throughout the school year, between September – May.

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.  The forms link is below.  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.

***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.

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.