THE GREAT HANG UP: Teens Learn Safe Driving

6:01 PM, May 31, 2011   |    comments
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Earlier this month, some Georgia students learned hands-on to put down the phone before hitting the road.

Normally, the teen drivers who met at the Atlanta Motor Speedway might not crush a barrier of cones, but this is no ordinary driving course.

"When you start, keep a constant speed, a safe speed that you would to drive the course, but don't slow down and brake just to text. We want you to see what it's like when you hit these cones," an officer instructs a teen.

They're putting their feet to the gas and their thumbs on a keyboard.

"I thought it'd be easy at first, and then I started speeding up and trying to text, and it really got really hard," says student Brogain Thomas.

Her colleague, Clay Cofur, agrees, "It was going good for a while, and then I had to turn. It's not too easy doing it with one hand."

Turning single-handedly, they say, is the hardest part.

On a Georgia road, they'd be breaking the law; these kids are texting and driving.

Scott cumbie, henry county pd: "The whole event is to basically educate teenagers, the high risk drivers because they're new at it," says Scott Cumbie with the Henry County Police Department. 

Cumbie says they're trying to encourage kids to put down the phone before getting behind the wheel.

"It's not important enough to die over. Just pull over and answer it later," he says.

And at the end of the day, drivers pledged by thumbprint to hang up before hitting the road.

Join our Great Hang Up and pledge not to use your cell phone while you're driving.

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