Teenagers sought for distracted-driving program

Published: Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 2B
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 3, 2013 - 7:42 am

The Elk Grove Police Department is seeking 100 teen drivers to participate in a distracted-driving program March 25-29.

Twenty students per day will take part in distracted- driving demonstrations on a closed driving course. The teenage drivers will perform tasks such as using a smartphone to text or talk, applying makeup, eating or reaching for items in the car while driving, according to a Police Department news release.

A driving instructor will accompany teens to ensure their safety, said department officials.

The teenagers will be asked to answer questions before and after their driving experience to measure any changes in their attitudes about distracted driving.

A video documenting the participants' efforts will be created and used as an instructional tool.

The program is funded by a $10,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation.

Parents interested in having their teenagers participate in the program should contact the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau at (916) 478-8148 or by going to www.elkgrovepd.org/ddd.

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