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Published June 09, 2012, 06:43 PM

Local teens get a driving reality check

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Teens are getting a reality check, learning first-hand the dangers of distracted driving.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Teens are getting a reality check, learning first-hand the dangers of distracted driving. The North Dakota DOT held its second "Ford Driving Skills for Life" event in Fargo. 65 teens went through interactive stations to see what distracted and impaired driving is really like. They drove on a course to see how dangerous it is to text and drive, and almost every teen hit cones while texting. They also got to see the effects of not wearing a seat belt.

Mark Nelson – ND Department of Transportation: “The fatal vision goggles that we are using to simulate impairment, I think all of those things when it's hands on experience, you are not just hearing it, you are actually going through the motions and I think that's big to be able to do that.”

Teens also took part in what's called fatal reflection. They look at their obituaries, to see the realities of what can happen on the road.

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