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The Domino Effect - 1st Place Keep the Drive Journalism Contest

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Published on Feb 26, 2013

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Directed by Cameron Quon
Edited by Cameron Quon
Filmed by Cameron Quon, Justin Ramer, Diego Girgado
Reported by Cameron Quon
Scripted by Cameron Quon with revisions from Wade Williams
Actors: Diego Girgado and Justin Ramer
Interviewees: Alice Renolds, Tom Renolds, John Lutz
Special thanks to: Saugus High School, Hart TV, Hart High School's Every 15 Minutes, California Highway Patrol, Santa Clarita Youth Grove
Music: Rio Vista from freeplaymusic.om
Sources: Allstate Foundation, KeeptheDrive.com, Census Bureau, The Signal, Daily News

Teenagers make up approximately 7% of the American population. Their number one killer is car crashes, which take an average of 11 teen lives every day. The main cause? Reckless driving. In this technological age, distraction become easier to succumb to, especially on top of the already existing dangers of windy roads, speeding, DUI's, noisy friends, loud music and busy lives.

Phones can be a recipe for destruction. According to the Allstate foundation, reaching for a phone while driving increases risk of accidents nine times. Texting increases that risk by 23 times. Texting while driving is like being under the influence of four beers. Texting takes the eyes off the road for an average of five seconds, which at 55 mph, is like driving the length of a football field completely blind.

Statistics can be hard to grasp. It's easy to say, "I'm different" or "That'd never happen to me. The chances are too small." 13 years ago these were the exact thoughts of 18-year-old Marcus Lellan. And he was right, he didn't die. But his decision to drive recklessly led to the death of four others--his three friends and an innocent driver who was driving in the opposite direction. Two of these victims were brothers: Tim Renolds and Danny Renolds. I sat down with their parents, Alice and Tom Renolds.

One decision. That's all it takes. One bad decision. To text. To speed. To drink and drive. And in just a small few seconds, you could drastically change the lives of not only yourself, but countless others.

Nearly 4,000 American teenagers die from car crashes every year according to the Allstate Foundation. At the Santa Clarita Youth Grove there are 84 tree stumps. Each one represents a life cut short. One for every youth, under the age of 24, from our community killed in a traffic related accident. The time is now for you to educate you and your friends. Together you can take a step in reducing these numbers, so everyone gets a chance to live a full life and grow like the surrounding full-grown trees, or the kids who never got a chance to grow.

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