First National summit on teens and distracted driving this week

Just weeks after Governor Martin O'Malley closed a loophole in Maryland's texting law, four area teenagers are learning just how dangerous it can be to get behind the wheel and text.

It's all part of a summit being held this week in Washington, D.C. from the National Organizations for Youth Safety.

It's the first National Teen Distracted Driving Summit.

The goal is to get teens to put their phones down using real life stories and demonstrations to drive home the point.

A simulated driving program shows teens what it feels like to lose control of a car because of distracted driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 594 teens died from distracted driving in 2009.

It's illegal to write or read text messages while driving or at stoplights.

In addition to the driving simulator, information is also available at the summit.

Some cell phone providers like AT&T and Sprint are now offering safe driving apps that are enabled once your phone detects that you're in motion.

It directs incoming calls to voicemail and stops delivering text messages until you're not moving.

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