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DAVIDSON – To provide young drivers with firsthand exposure to the dangers of distracted driving – and to illustrate why laws are in place to encourage safer practices – two local police departments are teaming up to sponsor an educational seminar specifically targeted for teens.

The Davidson and Cornelius police departments will conduct a distracted-driver program for teens later this month at the Ingersoll Rand corporate campus, 800 Beaty Street in Davidson.

The program, open to those between the ages of 16-19 from Davidson and Cornelius, will be noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

In North Carolina, it is illegal for drivers younger than 18 – as well as bus drivers of all ages – to use cell phones while operating a vehicle. At the teen driving program, part of the activities will include a challenge for participants to use their cell phones while driving a golf cart-like Club Car through a cone obstacle course.

“Drivers often discount the possible outcomes when driving distracted,” said Davidson Police Chief Penny Dunn, “and the number of injuries and deaths as a result is too high.  By offering this course to younger drivers, we have the opportunity to give them, as safely as possible, a real life experience of what can happen when driving distracted.

“Hopefully, they will better understand the potential consequences of texting and driving after they are done.”

In addition to the driving course, the program will also feature a guest speaker, music and food. Safety organizations also will distribute materials.

The program is geared toward young people with North Carolina driver’s licenses. Participation is free, but registration is required. Those planning to attend may email Davidson Officer Kanita Boone at kboone@townofdavidson.org. Those registering will be expected to provide their name, contact number and address.

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