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Teens Get A Crash Course In Distracted Driving

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Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy is joining forces with Impact Teen Drivers, California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Los Angeles Police Department, along with other safety partners, for a community-wide press conference and event designed to increase awareness about the dangers of distracted driving and help teens become safer and more responsible behind the wheel. 

Car crashes are still the number one cause of death amongst teenagers in the United States. Earlier this year, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a study that showed the number of 16- and 17-year-old driver deaths in passenger vehicles 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.

The program includes academy coaches leading teens through a closed-course exercise allowing them to experience the physical and emotional effects of distracted driving.

Check out the Don't Drive Distracted Official Website.

(Source: Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy / CNS)

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