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Mercedes Teen Driving School Wants to Stop Distracted Driving

Mercedes Teen Driving School Wants to Stop Distracted Driving

By Jeff Youngs, October 18, 2012
The Los Angeles-based Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy recently helped kick off National Teen Driver Safety Week with a presentation at a local high school in Los Angeles about the effects of distracted driving for young motorists. Officers of the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles Police Department joined staff from the Academy to help educate teens to be safer motorists.

Throughout the week, the Mercedes driving school, which is certified by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, is hosting and participating in Los Angeles-area school presentations with distracted driving demonstrations, free parent and teen workshops and a teen driver safety fair. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car crashes are the No. 1 cause of teen (ages 15-20) deaths. National averages show that teens are most likely to have a significant crash in their first year of driving, which is four times higher than the average for an adult driver.

The Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, which opened in Los Angeles in late 2011, claims to be the first international teen driving school and Mercedes says it is the first automaker to operate a state-certified driver education school in the United States. The school's programs feature interactive, participatory systems of online and classroom components in conjunction with on-road training. The school also features a closed course distracted driving range to help young motorists make better decisions behind the wheel and develop safer drivers for life. More information on Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy can be found at www.mbdrivingacademy.com.

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