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Distracted driving course offered for teens, parents

Teens and their parents can learn about distracted driving on Monday evening at Casey’s Amusement Park, 1305 N. Nokomis NE in Alexandria..

Each year in Minnesota, distracted or inattentive driving is a factor in one in four crashes, resulting in at least 70 deaths and 350 serious injuries, according to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety. The state estimates those numbers are underreported because of the challenge in determining distraction as a crash factor.

The Monday night class, sponsored by Douglas County Safe Communities Coalition, runs 6-8:30 p.m. Four stations will teach an on-track distracted driving course, teen driving laws, teen driving risks and impact of a crash. The event is free for teens ages 14-18, who must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. It fulfills the parent awareness class of teens obtaining their instruction permits and provisional driver’s licenses.

Students can pre-register, which is required, by calling (320) 762-2973 or emailing mistyh@horizonph.org.

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