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B.R.A.K.E.S program teaches teens life-saving driving skills

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At least 33 teenagers died in car accidents in North Carolina last year, but one organization is hoping to change that number. B.R.A.K.E.S teamed up with the North Carolina Highway Patrol this weekend to teach more than 150 kids and their parents some life-saving skills behind the wheel.

The two-day event was held at the NC Highway Patrol Training Facility in Raleigh.

"B.R.A.K.E.S. stands for Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe," explained founder Doug Herbert.

He started the program after his 2 sons died in a car accident in 2004.

"Teenagers don't always understand the risks of driving fast or the risks of driving period," he explained.

The free program allows teens and their parents to get behind the wheel with professional drivers to learn how to handle dangerous situations they could face on the road.

"We'd rather not knock on anyone's doors and give them the bad news so this really helps teenagers learn the skills that will help them save their own lives," said trooper David Ferguson.

It's serious training, but teens say it's also a ton of fun.

"I never really knew what to do but now I know I feel more comfortable if I was ever in a situation like that," explained Jaden Trahin who took the class.

"I didn't realize it until my sons died that there's between 5,000 to 6,000 teenagers a year killed in car accidents and that's something we've got to change," said Herbert.

B.R.A.K.E.S is free to teens and their parents, so they rely on donations to keep the program going. You can learn more here.

Jonathan Rodriguez

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