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New game designed to teach safe driving to teens

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CALIFORNIA- Officials with Caltrans say a new game for mobile and computer devices is designed to teach teen drivers safe driving through highway work zones.

The release of the game “Distraction Zone” comes during National Teen Driver Safety Week.  Caltrans created the game through a collaboration with the California Office of Traffic Safety, the California Highway Patrol and iHeartMedia. Officials report car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14 to 18 year olds in the United States and this game is meant to change that.  "Distraction Zone" is designed to reinforce safe driving behaviors including being alert and slowing down when approaching highway work zones.   

"The point of the game is to promote awareness to remind you how you need to be more aware as you approach a work zone, how you need to slow down, and to remind people and show people how quickly things can go south if you're distracted by something like your phone as you're approaching a work site or any time.  If you take your eyes off the road for a second, you can be staring at the back end of a car that's three feet ahead of you or a person, God forbid.  This game really shows that because you encounter all these situations," said Eli Rohl, the Public Information Officer for Caltrans, District 1.

In addition, teen players who submit the highest score can win cash prizes donated by iHeartMedia.  Players can play multiple times and submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2015.  Also, through the Distraction Zone campaign, student leaders at high schools who create an on-campus traffic safety event can win a cash grant of up to $2,000 for their school.  Applications for the competition are due by December 1, 2014. 

For more information on Caltrans’ teen safe driving campaign and the Distraction Zone programs, visit www.beworkzonealert.com