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Madison Co. teens attend distracted-driving demonstration

Deputies monitored teens' driving while using phones or performing other distracting habits. (Source: WAFF) Deputies monitored teens' driving while using phones or performing other distracting habits. (Source: WAFF)
NEW MARKET, AL (WAFF) -

Kids got a lesson in the effects of distracted driving from Madison County Sheriff's deputies.

Students from across the county got behind the wheel at Buckhorn High School Monday. Deputies had them drive down a course and instructed them to change the radio, reach in the back seat, and use a cell phone.

The goal was to demonstrate just how dangerous any form of distracted driving can be.

"Usually, every year when we do it, kids don't want to be here," said Deputy Sheriff Matt Cagle. "Their parents made them come take the class. But when they get done, they realize it makes a big difference, that they need to do the task at hand, which is driving – and that's it."

The deputies will take the course to Madison County High School on Thursday, and Bob Jones High School on Friday.

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