Teens get emotional safe driving lesson

12:51 PM, Nov 17, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - Soon-to-be drivers learned an emotional lesson Saturday from people who have been impacted by drunken and distracted driving.

"If your cell phone whistles, chirps, rings or buzzes, don't touch it," implored John Dudley.  "The life you save maybe your own."

Dudley lost his son, Andrew, back in April after a car crashed into his bicycle.  It happened on Shady Oak Road in Minnetonka, just after Andrew was leaving a church youth group meeting.

"It's a tragic accident that happened with Andrew and the lady who hit Andrew was on her cell phone on a Wednesday night," explained Dudley.

John described to the group at the AAA Center in St. Louis Park how Andrew was known for his red-hooded sweatshirt, constant smile and laugh that could be heard down the hall at St. Louis Park High School.

He also showed pictures of the damaged bike. The tagged, twisted, metal frame of the 10-speed tells its own story.

"This is what it looked like," Dudley said. "He had just got it from our neighbor next door."

It's the details of an account families of those who died never forget, the hope is that it sticks in the minds of new driver's as well.

"It helps me in the grieving process, which, it doesn't stop," said Dudley. "It makes me feel good knowing that I'm helping others realize how dangerous the roads really are."

The event was sponsored by AAA and Minnesotans for Safe Driving for more information click here.

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