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Lancaster teens learn perils of texting and driving

Updated: Friday, October 4 2013, 12:34 PM CDT
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

LANCASTER -- Several students at a Lancaster County high school received citations for driving recklessly and colliding into vehicles – but it was only fiction and a learning experience.

With the help of All-State Insurance representatives, students at Manheim Central High School used a video simulator inside a car to demonstrate how they can drive with distractions – including texting on a cell phone. 

Chelsea Rutt, a senior at the high school, thought she could pass the test successfully. However, she failed.

“Now I know never to text and drive,” she said.

The dangers of texting and driving hit close to Rutt and her peers. 

In 2011, four Manheim Central High School students were killed in a car accident. Chelsea knew the boys and said they’re memory remains in spirit. 

Melannie Bryson is a mother of Nick Bryson, one of the victims, who’s making it her mission to get other to stop texting and driving. She’s wondered how, as a parent, she could have changed what happened but plans to keep young people to focus on the roads. 

“What I realized is I can help other teenagers,” said Bryson. 

Car crashes continue to be the number one killer of teenagers. Those who used the simulator took a pledge vowing to never text and drive. Lancaster teens learn perils of texting and driving

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