The Highway Patrol says summer is a notoriously dangerous season for teen drivers. So law enforcement is being proactive with a class that shows kids first hand just how dangerous the road can be. Teen accidents kill more teens than violence and drugs. It's important to tell your teens to be safe on the road. But Street Safe founder Doug Darrell says it's better to show them how. "The whole idea is to give kids experience in what not to do," Darrell said. With the simulation, instructors show young drivers how to react quickly and correctly in dangerous situations. The pavement is sprayed with water, to emulate a wet road way. Teens get behind the wheel with an instructor in the passenger seat, a professional stunt driver, and take a wet turn at 25 miles an hour. The message is hitting home with teens. Teen driver Nadia Wasynczuk said, "I learned that 20 or 25 miles an hour is a lot faster than you think." The first sessions of Street Safe couldn't be timelier. Earlier this week, Brittany Hewett, a Leland teenager died when she lost control and over-corrected, flipping her SUV. Darrell says teen accident deaths can be prevented. He hopes Street Safe will teach teens how. "I probably won't speed as much. I'll probably make a more conscious effort to go the speed limit," Wasynczuk said. Darrell is a former New York City cop who became passionate about this after having to tell so many parents that their kids had died in auto accidents.
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