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Published April 18, 2012, 10:13 PM

Mock accident scene illustrates the dangers of distracted driving

Pelican Rapids, MN (WDAY TV) - It injures hundreds of thousands of people every year. It kills thousands more. Distracted driving is deadly. April is distracted driving awareness month, and today hundreds of students got a first-hand look at the dangers or taking your eyes off the road.

It injures hundreds of thousands of people every year. It kills thousands more. Distracted driving is deadly. April is distracted driving awareness month, and today hundreds of students got a first-hand look at the dangers or taking your eyes off the road.

It was a gruesome scene in Pelican Rapids this afternoon. Fake, but in many ways real to the people it touched. The high school sponsored a mock car crash to show high students just what can happen when you text and drive.

Radio Call: “Two in the back, oh my goodness, oh man, man, you have to send somebody, the driver is my son Casey, holy cow, they're bleeding. I know the girl, it's Mckenzie, it's Mckenzie.”

Tollef Ringdahl – Paramedic Supervisor, Pelican Rapids Ambulance: “Youngster is texting while driving, inattentive driving, which is deadly.”

Alexis Marty – Pelican Rapids Student: “I didn't think it was going to be as realistic as it was.”

Jeff Stadum – Pelican Rapids Police Chief: “Just texting and driving, you see it all the time. When I'm off duty, I see people texting and driving and those kind of things and just distracted overall.”

Erika Morgan – Pelican Rapids Student: “She's one of my basketball teammates and good friends since kindergarten which made me think, this could happen to anybody.”

Rebeca Martinez – Pelican Rapids Student: “The helicopter, the ambulance, how they acted. It's very real.”

Erika Morgan: “I've gone in the ditch a couple times, and the one thing that made it real for me was the hearse that came.”

Rebeca Martinez: “Seatbelts on, everything slow, follow the law, very important.”

Alexis Marty: “Think twice before I text and drive again, that's for sure.”

Erika Morgan: “Makes you slow down and think about not just your life, but the people with you and the people on the road.”

According to the CDC, distracted driving kills 15 people and injures more than 1,200 every day and the statistics are only getting worse. The amount of text messages sent every day has grown by 50% just in the last two-years.

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