Delete Teen Crashes Day
North Marion High School has lost several students due to car crashes over the years.
On Tuesday state troopers visited the school again, but it was in hopes of preventing another tragedy.
In honor of "Delete Teen Crashes Day," students got an eye opening experience about what can happen if they drive distracted.
"When my son died the world stopped," said Greg Sadler.
In May 2008 Sadler lost his only son, 21- year -old Kyle Braxton Sadler.
" You just run the gamut. You are lost. You go as to why, how come it can't be," said Sadler.
Just before the accident, Kyle was driving on State Road 200 while talking on the phone with a friend, but that call ended when kyle plowed into the back a dump truck. Killing him at the scene.
"As a matter of fact I'm somebody's parent who did die from distracted driving," said Sadler.
Sadler spoke to dozens of students at North Marion High School, about the real dangers of driving distracted.
Sgt. Tracy Pace with Florida Highway Patrol said a survey revealed one in every four teenager has admitted to texting and driving.
"Texting or distracted driving is just not worth it. Your life is more important than anything else. Put the phone away and out your seat belt on," said Sgt. Pace.
There are a couple of ways you can avoid texting and driving.
You can place your phone in the glove compartment , the center console, or you can put your cell phone in the trunk, so really can't reach for it while you are driving.
The students also got a close look at the devastating reality of what happens if you're not buckled up.
The simulator showed students that it only takes less than five seconds for a person to be thrown out of a car during a rollover crash.
"I think we really needed it because it opens up a lot of peoples eyes because you don't think it can happen to you," said Mallory Lowe who is a student at North Marion High School.
Troopers and Sadler hope they got the message across.
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