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On September 12 the City of Elk Grove was presented with a $10,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to educate teenagers about the dangers of distracted driving, according to an official press release.

The grant will reportedly allow the Elk Grove Police Department to create a “3D: Distracted Driving Demonstration” program that brings teens and law enforcement together in simulated demonstrations of driving while distracted. The police department will invite teens throughout the City of Elk Grove to take part in the distracted driving demonstrations on a closed course, driver’s training facility.

Teens will be provided various driving scenarios while performing some other takss such as using a smartphone to text or talk, applying makeup, eating, reaching for items in the car, etc. Teens will be asked questions before an after to measure their attitudes about distracted driving, and videos will be taken to document participants’ efforts to be used as an educational tool.

The program will be held in conjunction with the Elk Grove Youth Commission and will begin later this year. Parents and students interested in participating should contact the Elk Grove Police Department Traffic Bureau at 916-478-8148.

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