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Mother addresses local youth on distracted driving
EUREKA- Students at Eureka High School learned first hand the dangers of distracted driving Thursday. A Redding woman who lost her 14-year-old son in a preventable car crash spoke to local teens.
“He was put in a car with an inexperienced driver who was not legal to have passengers but he had no idea that was the case. They were distracting the driver and encouraging him to drift around a corner on a windy mountain road. That inexperienced driver tried, but due to his inexperience he lost control and over corrected, and they hit a tree and my son was killed instantly,” said Leeana Clegg.
April is 2014 National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Clegg told us her goal is to educate teens on the dangers of reckless and distracted driving. The biggest message she wants teens to understand, is that a simple decision they make in the car can change their lives forever.
According to the California Highway Patrol, distracted driving is the leading cause of traffic accidents.