Teen Driving Summit warns against distracted driving

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DOTHAN, AL. (WTVY) - Students from 14 schools missed a day of class Thursday to hear some very important words about teen drinking and driving.

The Teen Driving Summit was held at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds.
Students learned that car crashes are the leading cause of death among teens.

During breakout sessions, they discussed the dangers of texting and driving and other distractions.
Keynote speaker Mike Lutzenkirchen spoke on behalf of the Lutzie 43 Foundation that he established after the death of his son, Philip.
The former Auburn football player was killed in a car crash where alcohol and speeding were significant factors.

"I'm going to challenge them that going against peer pressure is an okay thing to do," said Mike Lutzenkirchen. "So I'm going to try to develop their character a little bit through some of these challenges. I'll tell them a couple stories how Phillip gave back to others and served others. But then I'm going to get very passionate and adamant about the things I learned that took Phillip's life."

This was the fourth Teen Driving Summit in the state this fall.
Mike urges everyone to buckle up when driving.