A Hard Lesson on Distracted Driving

By Jennifer Doren
|  Tuesday, May 24, 2011  |  Updated 9:42 PM EDT
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A Hard Lesson on Distracted Driving

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Fairfax County police are driving home the dangers of distracted driving.

They set up a test track in Chantilly, Va., Tuesday and challenged teenagers to text behind the wheel.

Officers also simulated a disaster such as a hitting a parent pushing a stroller.

They said just like you can’t unsend a text message, you can’t take back an accident.

This schooling comes just one month after the crash on Logmill Road that killed three students.

That’s not the only recent tragedy. 

Take a look at these sobering statistics:

  • Between 2009 and 2010, 1,571 Fairfax County teenagers were injured by distracted driving.
  • Eight teenagers were killed.
  • One in five people ticketed for distracted driving is under age 20.

A recent study by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found almost 80 percent of all crashes involved distracted drivers.

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