Teens learn safety driving old police cruisers

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LEHI -- Some Utah high school students got to drive old police cars Saturday as part of a lesson in driving safety.

The teens were taught accident avoidance skills and how to get out of dangerous situations as they joined troopers at a Department of Public Safety track in Lehi for the "Teen Driving Challenge."

Sgt. Greg Holley of the Utah Highway Patrol said, "It's fun for them because they get to drive retired police cars and they have lights and sirens on them. But hopefully they'll learn something."

The students were from several area high schools that have participated in the "Adopt a High School" program for years. It encourages seat belt usage in teen drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teens make up more than 6 percent of the nation's drivers; 13 percent of all fatal accidents involve a teen driver.

Every 35 minutes, there is an accident involving a teen driver in Utah.

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