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Distracted Driving Event Aims to Teach Teens – Lynette Romero Reports

BURBANK, Calif. (KTLA) — Students at John Burroughs High School in Burbank are getting a lesson on the dangers of distracted driving thanks to a special event.

The event is being put on Tuesday morning by the CHP, Impact Teen Drivers and the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy.

It coincides with California’s Teen Safe Driving Week, as well as the beginning of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which is April.

There will be driving demonstrations to show the dangers of texting and other distractions while driving.

Coaches will lead teens through a closed course exercise, which allows them to experience the physical and emotional effects of distracted driving.

The teens will also get to hear personal stories from people who lost loved ones due to distracted driving.

Car crashes remain still the leading cause of death among teens in the United States.

A study released earlier this month showed that the number of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths increased dramatically for the first six months of 2012.

Overall, 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths increased from 202 to 240 — a 19 percent jump.

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