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Raleigh Youth Council hosts teen driving program

The Raleigh Youth Council will focus on drinking and driving at its meeting Monday. On Oct. 27, it will help host a mock crash. All high school students are invited to both free programs.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

If you have a teen driver or one that's gearing up for the exam, you might want to head over to the Saint Monica Teen Center next weekend.

The Raleigh Youth Council, along with the Saint Monica Teen Advisory Board, Raleigh Police Department, N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency and Haywood Funeral Home, will hold a mock crash for local teens.

The event will feature a fake crash with emergency responders who demonstrate what could happen if teens make bad decisions behind the wheel. Teens will learn about safe driving practices and the dangers that come with distracted driving from both law enforcement officers and their peers.

There will be food.

It's from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 27, at the Saint Monica Teen Center at Tarboro Road Community Center, 15 N. Tarboro St., Raleigh. It's free and you can just show up. For details, call 919-807-5410 or email teens@raleighnc.gov.

The event is part of a program called DRIFT, which stands for Drive Responsible Initiative For Teens. The City's teen program recently won a $25,000 from AllState to promote safe driving through DRIFT.

Another event is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22, at the city's twice monthly Raleigh Youth Council meeting at Laurel Hills Community Center, 3808 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh.

The meeting will focus on drinking and driving. Raleigh Police Department officers will be there to share information. Any high school student can attend the meeting. No pre-registration is required. Just show up.

Check Raleigh's website for details about all of its programs for teens.

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