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During the distracted driving event, teens were asked to use their cell phones to text while they drove the go karts. State troopers were on the course with stop signs and traffic lights. The intent was to provide a safe environment where young drivers would get sense of how distracting texting can be.

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In an atmosphere usually brimming with good times and laughter, a serious tone overshadowed the fun at Casey's Amusement Park Monday night.


The realities of distracted driving became very real for a group of 21 local teens.

The teens were the first to take part in the Teen-Parent Distracted Driving Event on March 16.

Local businesses, paramedics, law enforcement and Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition teamed up to host the event.

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Amy Chaffins
Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper. After graduating from St. Cloud State University, Amy’s first job was at KSAX-TV working as an anchor and reporter. From 2003-2010, Amy worked as an editor and reporter for the Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times newspapers. During her journalism career, Amy earned writing and photography awards from the Associated Press, Minnesota Newspaper Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Amy and her husband, Brandon, live in Alexandria and together write “He Sez, She Sez,” a humor column in the local women’s magazine, Chicz
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