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Harlingen teens educated in driving safety

As part of this initiative, high school students participate in activities meant to teach them about traffic safety.

The Harlingen School of Health Professions was the fourth high school in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District to receive training on how drugs, alcohol, and distracted driving can lead to serious consequences.

It’s all part of a program called Teens in the Driver Seat, an initiative under the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Youth Transportation Safety Program.

As part of this initiative, high school students participate in activities meant to teach them about traffic safety, as well as other risks such as distracted driving, speeding and alcohol and drug use.

"We have the simulator which students are able to put on goggles and simulate as if they are driving a motor vehicle. We also have the little carts that they are able to physically drive around a track that has been made for them," explains Adrian Garcia, Junior Class President

And while the activities look fun, they aren’t as easy as they look. These students were having a good time, but they were also learning valuable lessons for when they get on the road.

"I think this is definitely teaching me to be smart on the road, to be very safe,” says Esmeralda Trevino, Harlingen Raven Club Vice President. “It's teaching me not to do drugs or drinking.”

And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, these lessons are not only valuable for high school students, but drivers of all ages.

"Make sure that you're educating your children even adults because some adults don't even realize how distracted driving can effect them as well," said Christina Palomo, State Farm Agent.

For more information on the program, visit https://www.t-driver.com/

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