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Great Falls

Nov 9, 2012 11:32 AM by Claire Anderson (claire@krtv.com)

Teen driver safety emphasized in Great Falls

A national teen driving safety program called Driving Skills For Life is working with the Great Falls high schools this week to emphasize real-world driving situations and how to stay safe on the road.

The students who signed up to participate were able to get into the cars and test their skills at vehicle handling, impaired driving, and driving distractions in a safe environment.

Juan Babun, an instructor with the program, explained, "The major cause of death for teens in the U.S. is vehicle crashes, so we want to be part of trying to reduce that number."

Babun noted, "It's to get them thinking differently before they climb in the car. They're full of false perceptions, so we try to tackle those perceptions and try to reel them in and to think differently before they decide on speeding or texting. We hope they make the right decisions after they leave here."

The students who signed up to participate were able to get into the cars at the Montana ExpoPark on Thursday - before the snow started flying - and test their skills at vehicle handling, impaired driving, and driving distractions in a safe environment.

The program was developed through the Ford Motor Company and the Governor's Highway Safety Association.

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