Teens learn how to eliminate distractions and be safe behind the wheel

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Thousands of accidents occur each and every year due to distractive driving.  Local organizations are working to make sure teen drivers understand the consequences while behind the wheel.

Tracy O’Carroll’s daughter was killed in a car accident back in 2011.

“I remember getting the call, and I remember going to the Chapel and I remember seeing her on the morgue table and then going to the funeral home to pick out a coffin,” explained Tracy O’Carroll. Instead picking a prom gown for her daughter Sarah, O’Carroll was deciding where to bury her. “I’ve just blamed myself because if I would have educated myself more, I would have known.”

O’Carroll said her daughter was traveling home after school when she was texting and driving. The text message was sent at 3:42 and shortly after that she was pronounced dead.

“I miss going to softball practice, I miss everything. She was so excited she was going to college. I miss all of that,” O’Carroll said.

Now she’s a mom on a mission, working around the clock at summits like this one to keep other parents from going through what she did.

Parents say it’s a real wake-up call.

Jenerline Moore said, “I’m at fault in some ways too, the little things I take for granted today have become a bigger picture for me.”

Teen drivers were put to the test Saturday at the Teen Driver Summit. New drivers even got to practice on a golf cart. It shows kids you shouldn’t drink and drive.

Students say after hearing to Sarah’s story and others, they know what not to do when behind the wheel.

“You could be here, right now and then thing you can be gone for driving while texting or distractions in the car,” Katy Sherwood said.


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