Teens learn safe driving habits at training conference in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Students attended a conference to learn about safe driving habits and how to make positive change in their communities.

The TRACTION Training Conference is a youth traffic safety leadership training program designed to empower youth to take an active role in promoting safe driving habits.

“Cause it does help it makes you think about everyone around you and how safe you want everyone to be,” said Alycea Jones, a senior at Scott County Central High School.

“Today we’re having a mock crash, demonstrating a DWI crash where the driver was impaired,” said Bobby Newton, a patrolman for the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

The simulation showed young teens in a horrific scene of two vehicles collided together, with fake blood and teens acting as if they were hurt, making the simulation as realistic as possible.

“So, getting to see them, some of them lying dead, some of them being taken away into ambulances, really sparks emotion,” said Charlee Koepp, is a senior at Jackson High School.

The conference at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Cape Girardeau was Sunday, July 16 through Tuesday, July 18.

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