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Darien Kids Want To Stop Distracted Driving

Kristi Carey knows that a lot of her fellow teenagers text while driving. That’s why she and the other members of Students Against Destructive Decisions are working to host a Safety Fair at Darien High School next month -- to point up the dangers of distracted driving.

"I think a lot of teenagers are under the impression that it can never happen to them,” says Kristi, “that they're somehow immune. We want to get the message out that if they're not careful, it can happen to them. We want to raise awareness before it's too late."

The fair will be held May 10 in the courtyard of the High School, May 12 if it rains. State troopers and Darien police officers will hand out information and man simulators where students can feel the effects of car accidents. Kristi said there will be one called the Seatbelt Convincer "that simulates a crash and shows how a seatbelt works to protect someone's life."

Darien officers will hand out free donuts, and there will be free Robeks smoothies.

SADD, which operates out of the Depot , is bringing in other groups to help spread their message about safe driving. Kids from the Youth Asset Team and Safe Rides will have tables where they spread information. "We're inviting other groups to come support our cause. Hopefully we can all come together with our booths and unite under one common goal," Kristi said.

The Safety Fair is being entered in the Act Out Loud contest, where SADD could win $10,000 for raising awareness about distracted driving. SADD will document the preparations for the fair and invite members of the community to vote for their school. The Darien chapter of SADD is also one of 200 entered in a contest to receive a tool kit from Allstate that includes pins, ribbons and posters about texting while driving.

Do you know kids who engage in distracted driving? Share your thoughts in the comments below, on Facebook and on Twitter .

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