CALABASAS (CBS) — Teen drivers will get a graphic dose of reality Monday, as Safe Teen Driving Week kicks off in California.

Students at Calabasas High School will participate in a free safety seminar provided by the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy.

The teens will drive through a course both with and without disruptions, so they can tangibly experience the effects of distracted driving.

The vehicles to be used in the exercises are equipped with an additional safety brake and throttle, so a certified driver can intervene if necessary.

Former LAPD officer and chief driving instructor Marc Hemsworth says the seminar will emphasize the importance of making good decisions.

Roughly two-thirds of teens who die in traffic collisions are passengers, according to Hemsworth.


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