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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)-Some Heritage Academy Students are learning the rules of the road. They are receiving instructions from a few of the best, troopers with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Fueled and filled with sober enthusiasm, Heritage Academy teens are getting started the right way.

“I’m trying to show them that if you make bad choices when you’re driving an automobile, that it could have a bad consequence. They can cost you your life. Just trying to get them a new respect for driving. They are drivers ed students, they’re not driving yet. But they are fixing to be handed over the incredible responsibility, that’s driving an automobile,” said Criss Turnipseed, MHP.

“I definitely learned that texting and driving is extremely dangerous and it has consequence that are life changing. Not only to yourself but to other people,” said Emma Rose Davis, Heritage Academy Teen Driver.

The Highway Patrolmen are driving home a message, as they show Heritage teenagers a video presentation. Harsh realities, results of drinking while driving. Deadly realities members of law enforcement personnel know all too well.

“There is no training that they can give us to be able to give that news that’s going to rock the world of that family, that mom, that dad, that husband, or wife,” said Turnipseed.

Good safety lessons learned are not always received while inside the classroom. Impossible to get a simulation of a deadly rollover wreck indoors, that certainly captured the attention of the potential motorists.

“And that if you do decide to drink and drive, to have a designated driver or just not to drive that night at all,” said Davis.

“Almost unrealistic. It was, I never thought that not wearing a seat belt could throw somebody 30 feet out of a car. But now I realize how dangerous it is,” said John Earhart, Heritage Academy Teen.

“I’m definitely going to start wearing my seat belt a lot more,” added Earhart.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is on the road, taking their safe driving message to teenagers everywhere in our viewing area.

For information on how to get MHP Troopers to your school with their safety message call 662-323-5314, or email rginn@dps.ms.gov.

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