JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Every parent knows the time is going to come when your teen wants to drive. But how do you protect them from the dangers: distracted driving, speeding, crashes?
A group of students in a TV Production class at Atlantic Coast High School created a distracted driving PSA for a citywide competition.
"We used the camera as the kids eyes, and show what he went through that day like he wakes up to the alarm clock and goes through his day at school," said Evan, one of the students who worked on the video. "He ends up getting in a car accident, he ends up dying and then it shows his reaction through all of it," another student, Anissa added.
Evan and Anissa are both 16 years old. They made the video with the help of their classmates, including 18-year-old Nick. Auto crashes are the number on killer of teens their age, so we sat down with them to get their insight.
"Not even 5 seconds and your life could be over like that!" Evan said. "This can happen to anyone on any given day," Nick explained.
But these days you can do more than talk to your kids about driving safety. You can download apps to stop them from texting.
"A lot of times my mom's like 'put the phone in the trunk,'" Evan said. Anissa's dad shares similar advice. "He's like no music, phone in the backseat, eyes on the road," she said.
You can even monitor their speed and location. New devices such as the "CarChip Pro" are helping to put mom and dad in the back seat while their teen is behind the wheel. But would you use it?
"I think so," Barry Newman, a local attorney who deals with reckless driving cases, said. "The problem is, what do you do when you have the information?"
Newman said he doesn't use a device on his 16-year-old son's car, but he would consider looking into it.
"If I saw him going 80 or 85 or something, I probably would," he said. "And then the car would be parked for a while."
And if you do use a device like the CarChip Pro, would you tell your teen driver it's there?
"If you call your child on it, then he knows you have it and it's usefulness is probably degraded a little bit," Newman said. "All you can do is beg them not to text and drive. You can't sit on his lap the whole time he's driving."
Whether you take the matter into your own hands or take your teens word for it, Evan, Anissa, and Nick said they are getting the message, even if they don't act like they're hearing you.
"When they tell you it you're just kind of like 'uhhh' but I mean when they keep telling you it, you tend to actually follow what they say and it ends up helping you," Nick said.
"You're young you know, you don't want to end your life so fast when you haven't had the chance to experience certain things," Anissa added.
The teens said they hope their video will help their peers realize the dangers of distracted driving. Their PSA is part of a citywide video contest. To view other submissions to the contest, click here. The winners will be announced on May 24th.
In the meantime, First Coast News would like to ask you to sign our pledge called the Great First Cost Hang Up promising to be a safe driver.
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