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Drivers education

Texting while driving
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Four high school students were recently awarded between $500 and $2,000 in scholarships.

The reason? Advocating against "distracted driving." Distracted driving includes any activity -- such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, talking to passengers -- that could divert a person's attention away from driving.

These students applied to Kelsey's Law Scholarship: a contest promoting awareness of the dangers of distracted driving through video, tweets, and graphic submissions.  

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A new state law requires driver education classes to include lessons on traffic laws concerning bicycles and motorcycles.

State Rep. Terry Brown, D-Pigeon, the bill's sponsor, said the law aims to make drivers more aware of bikes and motorcycles.

"New drivers – all of us drivers – are behind the wheel of very powerful instruments that can wreak a lot of harm," he said. "And we think folks need to be much more vigilant."