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Teen Driver Safety Week Underway

Car crashes by teen drivers are the number one killer of young people.

L.A. Police Department and Highway Patrol officials are partnering with driver awareness organizations to address various distractions most common wth teen drivers.

The World Health Organizations reports car crashes by teen drivers are the leading cause of death among the nation's youth.

Teen Driver Safety Week will include close-course simulations for teens to experience the physical and emotional effects of distracted driving which can include texting, blasting music and eating while behind the wheel.

The program is sponsored by the Mercedez-Benz Driving Academy and the non-profit Impact Teen Drivers. Olympian Gabby Douglas was on-hand to promote the event's warning of driving while distracted.

"I would tell them, I mean don’t do it. Its not worth risking your life or someone elses so set your phone aside, set aside the distractions, and if you need to pull over and do it, you don’t have to do it while driving, its not very smart," Douglas said.

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