Area teens participate in safe driving seminar

By WEEK Creative Services

February 26, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 12:43 PM CDT

GLASFORD, Ill. -- Despite the fact that it is illegal, area teens were encouraged to send text messages while driving Wednesday.

State Police and Operation Team Safe Driver made a pit stop at Illini Bluffs High School as part of Safe Driving Week.

Students took turns driving on a video simulator while sending texts to friends.

But for at least one student, it was anything but a game.

"Our school has suffered lots of losses from driving accidents, so I take it very seriously when it comes to driving and texting," said Jordan Lowe, Illini Bluffs High School Junior.

One-third of teen deaths in the U.S. happen because of a car accident.

Students also learned about the dangers of drunk driving, speeding and not wearing a seat belt.