MINNETONKA, Minn. -- A recent study shows texting and driving increase a person's risk of getting into a crash by 23 times. A driving course set up Tuesday hopes to change numbers like that.
"We're trying to show how it can be dangerous but in a safe environment," says Tim Kruse from Allstate Insurance in Apple Valley.
Allstate Insurance along with local driving schools have partnered to offer teens and parents the "Safe Driving Challenge," a driving course with a purpose.
"We're out here inviting parents and teen to try this course, but do so while texting," says Kruse. "We want them to realize just how hard it is."
The course, set up at in the parking lot of Ridgedale Mall, provides drivers with real-world situations all while being forced to send and receive text messages and deal with noisy passengers.
"We hope this begins a conversation that can make a difference," says Kruse.
The course staff are reminding parents as well that distracted driving isn't just an issue for young people.
"They're texting, playing music, and working the GPS, too," says Kruse. "Parents need to set a good example."
Parents and teens are encouraged to go to facebook.com/save11 for more information on distracted driving and to take the Great Hangup Challenge.
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