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Published November 17, 2010, 10:29 AM

Video showing the effects of distracted driving hits home with students

Lake Park, Minn. (WDAY TV) - It's a graphic, and very real depiction of what could happen to a distracted teenage driver. The Minnesota State Patrol is using a video to get the attention of students. Today, the patrol rolled into Lake Park.

In a gym packed full of Lake Park-Audubon students, the effects of distracted driving are coming through loud and clear.

Elijah Beaudine: "It’s a pretty good graphical representation and it really shows kids how to be safe while driving."

The student group Family Career Community Leaders of America asked members of the state patrol to show the effects of a distracted driver.

This graphic video was shown to these students for the first time. To many, they say it's the video and pictures that make these situations real much more than words.

Garret Munson: "It puts a better perspective of stuff on actually what happens. I hope it doesn’t happen to me or anybody close to me."

The Detroit Lakes district of the Minnesota state patrol does about 30 of these presentations it its region a year. Chole Hanson is one of the FCCLA members who helped bring them here; helping to give students a piece of mind the crashes like these can be a moment away.

Chole Hanson: "We don’t want to sugar coat anything because that’s not how the real world works."

The FCCLA says it's planning more events like this for later in the year to make sure every student sitting here will eventually walk out of these doors with a diploma and their lives.

The Patrol says nearly 20-percent of teen accidents are caused by a distracted driver.