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Teen drivers learn about safety behind the wheel

Posted at 2:45 PM, Apr 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-10 14:45:37-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- This weekend, more than 100 teens got behind the wheel to learn life-saving skills that you can only get with a driving instructor riding shotgun. 

It was all part of the Mopar Road Ready program. Teens had to maneuver through different courses at Lucas Oil Raceway. Their parents also got to ride along. 

The goal of the program is to save lives. It was started by Doug Herbert. He does not other parents to go through what he did back in 2008. 

"I've been a NHRA top fuel drag racer for 25 years and then when my sons were killed in a car accident less than a mile from my house, I decided, you know what, I have to do something about it. I didn't realize that nearly 5,000 teenagers every year are killed in car accidents, more than the next four causes of death combined," he said. 

Since then, the program has been offered in more than 30 cities across the country. Herbert expects to impact 8,000 new drivers this year.

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