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One Siouxland community's using a driving simulator to teach teens the dangers of texting behind the wheel


More and more statistics show the dangers associated with texting while driving. An event in Siouxland over the weekend was designed to drive that message home with those who statistically text and drive more than anyone else... teenagers.

Students from Norfolk Senior High School teamed up with the Nebraska State Patrol to present the Teen Distracted Driving Summit on Saturday. The event was aimed at teenagers and their parents. It was designed to convey to youngsters how dangerous texting while behind the wheel can be.

Teens got to participate in various driving simulators and heard from speakers, including Norfolk's Mayor and Nebraska's first lady. Organizers said having peers put on the event helped to drive the message home to their fellow teenagers.

"As teenagers we always hear adults telling us don't do this! or Do this! I think the best voice is the teenagers because we understand each other," said Taylor Ewald.

Norfolk High's efforts to get the word out about distracted driving has gotten attention nationally. The event's organizers, Taylor Ewald and Brooke Gettman, currently serve as Nebraska's representatives on the National Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Team.

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